Saturday 18 January 2020

Family victory as mum and son on a winning streak

Stephen Victory (centre left) with his mum, Marie, twins Nathan and Joshua (9) and daughter, Hannah (4).
Stephen Victory (centre left) with his mum, Marie, twins Nathan and Joshua (9) and daughter, Hannah (4).

Paul Melia

VICTORY by name and victorious by coincidence. Mother and son Marie and Stephen Victory have won more than €60,000 after appearing on Winning Streak within weeks of each other.

Stephen Victory (41) won €35,200 on Saturday, just five weeks after making the trip to Dublin to support his mother Marie who appeared on the same show in October, netting €32,900.

The last thing he expected was to appear on the same show as his mother, he said, adding it was she who posted his 3-Star 'Winning Streak' scratch card which led to him appearing on the TV show hosted by Marty Whelan and Geri Maye.

"My mother was on the show five weeks ago," he said. "22 of us went up to support her, and we didn't expect to be going back five weeks later.

"About two weeks ago I bought a €3 'Winning Streak' scratchcard, she (Marie) posted it, and lo and behold I got the call for this. It was a bit of a shock, but fantastic."

The 41-year old father of three is an unemployed forklift driver, and plans to use the money to buy a new car.

"It's gone very quiet, there's no work of any description," he said. "I'm not working at the moment, and thought that if I got €20,000 I'd be happy, with anything over that a bonus. Obviously, I'm over the moon.

"I've three kids – nine-year-old twin boys, and a little girl who's five in December – with my partner, and I'm going to buy a decent car, as I've never had a good one. Then, I might have a break away."

Stephen isn't the only 'Winning Streak' player to enjoy good fortune, with Leitrim man Gerry Devins from Manorhamilton scooping €278,200 on the show, one of the biggest-ever payouts.

Gerry had already won €28,200 on the other games on the show, but it was the spin of the wheel that landed him the big prize.

Gerry lives close to the Hill of Tara in Co Meath and is married to Siobhan. They have three children – Aimee (12), Leah (10) and Niall (5). Leah has spina bifida and hydrocephalus and is wheelchair bound.

"I really can't believe this," he said. "I'm going to put some of this towards the mortgage and clearing the bills, and would love to change my car. But the main thing is that there will be extra funds now for Leah."

Gerry works as a miner at Tara Mines. Siobhan purchased the lucky ticket and Gerry put his name on it.

Irish Independent

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