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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Lawyers called in to 'Winning Streak' after ball gets stuck

Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy. Photo: Mac Innes Photography
Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy. Photo: Mac Innes Photography
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Gameshow 'Winning Streak' had to take a time-out at the weekend after lawyers were called on to the set due to a ball getting stuck.

Legal help had to be drafted in to decide whether the trapped ball could be moved without affecting the result on the TV show.

The hugely popular RTÉ programme can see punters win up to €500,000 by spinning a wheel.

Hosts Marty Whelan and Sinéad Kennedy took an hour's break during filming for Saturday night's show as staff tried to resolve the issue.

In a statement, the National Lottery said: "On Saturday afternoon, during the recording of the 'Winning Streak' TV gameshow, a technical issue occurred which caused a short delay to the filming of the show.

"This did not have any impact on the outcome of the game and the show broadcast at the normal time."

The National Lottery also added that show is carried out under the supervision of independent observers from KPMG.

On Saturday, a Limerick family made it a hat-trick of appearances on the popular show.

Patrick Langan took home €53,000 after his appearance on the show on Saturday night - the biggest winner on the night.

His daughter also appeared on 'Winning Streak' twice, in 2009 and 2012.

It is the latest incredible streak of luck on the show after a third person from the same street in Dundalk took home a prize earlier this month.

Oliver McConnon (42) became the third person from the Fr Murray Park estate to win big when he scooped a €15,000 prize on 'Winning Streak'.

The electronic technician in Xerox in Dundalk bought his winning ticket at the Londis, Castletown Road.

The popular gameshow first appeared on our screens in September 1990 and since then over 5,700 people have taken part.

In the most recent season, 2016, over €2,290,000 was won in prizes.

Irish Independent

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