Two local couples and a mother and daughter duo are set to enjoy the Fourth of July in the Big Apple tomorrow after winning a once in a lifetime trip to the USA.
Michelle McNern and Peter Wyatt from Donegal, Joseph and Brigid Gallagher from Letterkenny and Laura and Martina Ryan from Moville were among the 28 happy winners of the National Lottery Winning Streak New York Independence Day holiday competition.
On Sunday they all jetted off to the States from Dublin Airport along with RTE star and gameshow host, Marty Whelan.
The lucky winners will stay at the fun and funky W Hotel in the heart of Manhattan, and will be spoiled over four days having fun and taking in all the sights of the city that never sleeps.
Courtesy of Winning Streak the amazing prize also includes a pre-theatre dinner at the renowned Carmines Italian Restaurant in Times Square before being whisked off to the top Broadway show, Wicked.
Each couple also receives €2,000 spending money. This suits mother and daughter Laura and Martina Ryan, who are most looking forward to shopping until they drop!
To win this incredible trip players had to collect three letters N-Y-C from the stub portion of the Winning Streak scratch card, which was then entered for a draw.
Marty Whelan, who will be marking his ninth year as Winning Streak host when it returns to RTE One television on Saturday September 23rd, said: “I am really delighted to be travelling with this great group of Winning Streak players. This is a fantastic opportunity to savour one of the best cities in the world for Independence Day. Everyone is in for a truly remarkable holiday. It will be a trip of a lifetime.”
Winning Streak first appeared on our screens in September 1990 and since then over 5,700, people have taken part in the show and in excess of €168 million has been won in prizes. It is one of the longest running TV game shows in the world.
The next season of Winning Streak, which will be co-hosted by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, returns to RTE One television on Saturday September 24th and Winning Streak scratch cards for the show will be on sale at outlets all over Ireland from mid-August.