Two farmers from Mayo and Roscommon – both who had hip replacement operations only weeks ago – are amongst the five contestants who will appear on the National Lottery TV game show on RTÉ One this Saturday (February 9th).
Chris Tansey from Swinford in Co. Mayo and Tommy Durr from Ballinagard in Co. Roscommon both received their lucky Winning Streak scratch cards as gifts when they were discharged from hospital after their hip surgeries.
Chris Tansey revealed he was watching Winning Streak when his name was pulled out of the drum by presenters. He has been married to Irene for 43 years and they have four adult children – Damien; Adrian; Nicola and Corrina and twelve grandchildren.
Chris had his hip-replacement operation only seven weeks ago and is still in recovery. His daughter Corrina bought him three Winning Streak scratch cards when he was released from hospital - one of which got him on the show.
Two of his sons have been helping him out on the farm while he is recovering.
Meanwhile Roscommon man, Tommy Durr is a big fan of the show, despite never having bought a scratch card in his life; he was gifted a Winning Streak scratch card from a family friend after his release from hospital last month.
He had returned home from Mass and made a cup of tea when he tuned into Winning Streak to hear his name called out to appear on the show! Tommy is a father to five children (Padraig, Hughie, PJ, Rosemary and Suzanne) and has 15 grandchildren.
With his winnings, Tommy will look after the family and wants to take a pilgrimage to Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina later in the year with a group from his parish.