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Eileen celebrating after hitting a Winning Streak.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Eileen celebrating after hitting a Winning Streak. thumbnailEILEEN Jackson from Orior Road, Newry, has won 28,000 euro on last Saturday’s National Lottery Winning Streak game show on RTE.

A NEWRY woman has hit a lucky streak after winning €28,000 on a RTE game show! Eileen Jackson's appearance on Winning Streak has been a long time coming as the lucky 63 year old has never missed an episode since the show began, in September 1990.

Eileen comes from a huge family so she was busy picking who would come on the bus to cheer her on in RTE studios last weekend.

For example, she is from a family where she is one of 11 children and all of her siblings, with the exception of her sister Pauline, who will be watching from Brussels in Belgium.

A retired teacher, she took early retirement almost 10 years ago, after teaching for 31 years at Southern Regional College, Newry.

In retirement she kept herself busy volunteering for her local GAA club, St John Bosco GAA in Newry and for the local Gateway club for people with special needs.

Nowadays she is a full-time carer for her 91-year-old father Peter, who was in the studio with her for the show.

Eileen has two loves: shopping and travel and she plans on putting her winnings towards these two pursuits, preferably both at the same time as she plans to take a shopping holiday to New York City.

She also plans to buy a new car with her winnings as she says her current one is for the scrap heap!


The hit RTE One show is presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy. They guide five players through the iconic programme, which gives them the chance to win cash, cars and luxury holidays.

One person gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to spin the Grand Prize Wheel with a maximum prize of €500,000.

Unfortunately for Eileen, she didn't get the chance to spin the wheel but no doubt she will be delighted with her debut appearance on her favourite show!

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