A Donegal woman won €29,000 for her husband on Winning Streak when she played in his place last Saturday.

Margaret O’Leary from Ballybofey, Co. Donegal certainly did her husband Joe proud as she won him a cool €29,000.

Left to right: Marty Whelan Winning Streak co-host; Margaret O’Leary Who played on behalf of her husband; Joe O’Leary, the winning recipient; George Canavan, National Lottery and Sinead Kennedy, Winning Streak Game Show co-host. Pic. Justin Mac Innes/ Mac Innes Photography.

Joe O’Leary from Ballybofey, Donegal admitted that he “almost died of shock” when he heard his name called out of the Winning Streak drum to appear on this week’s show.

It was the last thing he expected to hear while watching the show, mainly because he had no idea that he had a ticket in the drum!

Mystified he turned to Margaret, who was grinning from ear to ear having had put his name on the scratch card with three stars earlier that week. The winning ticket was bought from Mace, Main Street, Stranorlar. Joe nominated Margaret to go on the programme in his place.

Margaret was more than happy to do it as she stated that out of the pair, she is the “one that does all of the talking”. The couple will be married 60 years next year.

It will certainly be a Happy Christmas in the O’Leary household this year!