Ardee woman Colette Smyth took the princely sum of €33,000 – including a brand new Renualt car worth €25,000 – back to Ardee this weekend, following her appearance on RTÉ One’s Winning Streak.
Colette appeared on the popular, long-running Saturday evening National Lottery programme, hosted by duo Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan, and was the first contestant to win anything at all. She bagged herself a car in the show’s very first game – Electric Dreams.
Colette told host Sinead Kennedy that it felt “unbelievable” to win the car and when asked if she needed a new vehicle, she replied, “Absolutely!”
Colette was supported by a host of family members in the audience, including grandaughther Chloe but while grandson Nathan had to watch from home, there was time to send him a special message.
Colette works as a cleaner at Ardee Community School and she was also surprised with a special message from principal Mary Jackson, staff and pupils. A regular visitor to Let’s Bingo in Dundalk, Colette also revealed she was won a four figure sum there on more than one occasion – more proof if needed that luck is on her side!
Due to a break in the schedules – and last weekend’s General Election coverage – Colette was made to wait three weeks for her Winning Streak appearance but she made the most of it. After her early car win, she went on to win a further €8,000 in the High Low Share game.
Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to get through to spin the wheel in the hope of further adding to her winnings. Colette selected one wheel in the Wheel Reveal game.
Colette was the first contest from Louth to take part on Winning Streak since November when Pat Blake from Termonfeckin stepped in to take the place of his sister, Pauline after her name was called out to take part in the show. Pat won €45,000 on Pauline’s behalf.