New figures show Longford is on a lottery winning streak

If you are a fan of ‘Winning Streak’ and fancy your chances of appearing on the popular RTE gameshow, the message is simple - buy your ticket in Co Longford.

If you are a fan of ‘Winning Streak’ and fancy your chances of appearing on the popular RTE gameshow, the message is simple - buy your ticket in Co Longford.

That’s because latest figures provided to the Leader this week reveal as many as eight contestants have appeared on the show since the turn of the year, making Longford the country’s third luckiest county.

Since January, the National Lottery has handed out €339,000 to Longford ticket holders from both its main draw as well as ‘Dream Maker’ section.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Dublin (20) and Cork (11) led the way with 33 players between them having appeared over the past four months.

Other counties to fair well include Tipperary (6) and Limerick and Kerry, both of whom have seen five contestants make it onto the live show.

But it is the appearance of Longford in a lofty third position and with eight competitors this year alone, which has startled even the most conservative of experts.

“Considering both Dublin and Cork would have much larger populations, it is great to see Longford contestants doing so well. Since January, there has been €339,000 awarded to people from Co Longford,” said National Lottery spokeswoman.

Just last week, local businesswoman Aine Farrell became the latest Longford based ticket holder to appear on the show.

Despite not managing to spin the famous ‘wheel’ at the end of the show, Ms Farrell still walked away with over €35,000 to her name.

“We have had eight people (from Longford) on the show, so hopefully we will see a few more Longford people in the coming weeks,” added the spokeswoman.

The remarkable record is set to continue this Saturday night after Mary McDonnell, Kenagh, was drawn on the spin the wheel programme last Saturday night.

Perhaps there is then some semblance of truth to Marty Whelan’s famous closing line....’How do you play? Buy a ticket.’