Marty Whelan: 'I always thought I'd sleep through an earthquake - now there's proof'
Rude awakening for Irish Lotto winners amid California quake
Published 25/08/2014 | 08:17
A dream holiday felt like a nightmare for a party of Irish lottery winners who were staying in San Fransisco when a huge earthquake hit.
The 44-strong group had been staying in the northern Californian city as part of a prize scooped through RTE's Winning Streak gameshow.
But the 'lucky' vacationers got more than they barganed for when the 6.0 quake shook their hotel in the middle of the night.
The force of the tremors were so powerful that some of the guests' beds literally shook around their rooms.
The show's host Marty Whelan and his wife Maria had accompanied the National Lottery winners on their trip to California.
Whelan told the Irish Daily Star that the party were "shaken but not stirred" by the quake as many failed to be roused by the rumbling.
"I always thought I'd sleep through an earthquake and now there's proof of it," he joked.
A spokesperson for the National Lottery told the paper that all of the prize winners escaped the quake unscathed - and saw the amusing side of the event.
However, hundreds of others in the area - particularly in the wine region of Napa - were injured as a result of the earthquake.
Three people are reportedly in critical condition and authorities are still workin gto restore power to a number of regions today.