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luck on the double for lottery pair nora and derek

It's a case of double luck for a Clontarf couple who won a trip to San Francisco with the National Lottery after winning €35,000 on Winning Streak four months earlier.

Nora Daly and Derek Pemberton won €35,200 on Winning Streak the week before Christmas and in April 2014 their name was pulled out of the drum again on the Saturday night game show for a holiday of a lifetime to sunny California.


"It's been a smashing year for us, we're very lucky. We're lucky in our outlook and after being sick last year I know how lucky I am for everything," said Mr Pemberton.

"It used to be €10 a rub but now it's gone up to €20," joked Ms Daly as she brushed her arm, saying she has always been lucky in life.

The couple's first meeting was even by chance when the two rugby fans attended the Ireland versus France game in Lansdowne Road in 1995.

"We met after the game in a pub and we chatted and I joked that if he was ever in Clontarf to look out for the best-looking house and call in. I said if he was lucky he might even get a cup of coffee," explained Ms Daly.

"Derek called in the very next Monday but I wasn't there and he left his business card, and I was like 'Will I, won't I call him'," she recalled.

After their first holiday together in 1998 to the Canary Islands, Nora knew there was no other man to take Derek's place.

"After that I thought, well I'd have to go a long way to find someone as nice and as kind as Derek," she said.

Another lucky pairing are grandmother and grandson, Bernie O'Reilly (73) and Conor Fay (23) from Cabra, who have spent the last seven years joking about going to San Francisco together, only to have their names pulled out of the Winning Streak drum on St Patrick's Day this year.

"Conor was here seven years ago when he was 14 and when he came home said 'Nana you'd love San Francisco'," said Ms O'Reilly.

Ms O'Reilly's husband died last year but she is enjoying herself in California with her grandson. "He's never left my side since we've been here," Ms O'Reilly said.