Limerick women go on a Winning Streak with combined €73k haul between them

Alan Owens

Reporter:

TWO Limerick women have hit a rich Winning Streak with a combined €73,000 haul between them from Saturday’s gameshow.

Ann Marie Doyle from Ballynanty Beg and Esther Bolger from Hospital, Co. Limerick won €36,000 and €37,000 respectively on Saturday’s National Lottery TV gameshow on RTÉ One and both ladies and their supporters promised that they would celebrate their wins.

Saturday’s Winning Streak appearance was just the tonic for city woman, Ann Marie, who spent all of last week nursing her six children who were sick with tummy bugs. Ann Marie was with her husband Paul watching Winning Streak the week before when she heard her name called out. After getting over the initial shock, the pair celebrated with Ann Marie’s family until the early hours.

She is also currently busy studying at St Enda’s school and plans to complete her junior and leaving cert in the coming years. The Limerick woman has been married to Paul, who is from the Congo, for the past six years. She has six children, Maylee, Chyre, Kian, Guylith, Nsala and Marianna who are all aged between 1½ and 19.

She was supported in the Winning Streak audience by her entire family, including her parents, John and Anne.

 Ann Marie plans to put her winnings towards a deposit for a family home.

Despite being an avid Winning Streak fan, Esther Bolger from Hospital in County Limerick missed the most important Winning Streak episode of all – the one where her name was called out on! She was at home on Saturday night with her family when she got a call from her cousin’s son to say that her ticket was pulled out on the show. As it was a Saturday night, Esther shrugged him off and assumed that he was joking!

After numerous other calls from friends and family, Esther could finally celebrate knowing that she was about to appear on the show.

Childcare worker, Esther has been with her partner John who she met in England over 20 years ago. Esther has been widowed over 31 years after her husband, Corporal Billy Bolger passed away while on duty in the Lebanon with the Irish Defence Forces.

The apple of Esther’s eye is her one and only son Paul who is 32 years old. Paul who recently set-up his own undertaker business in Dublin is married to Louise and have two children, James and Cuy.

The winner of this week’s cruise was Terri Madden from Crumlin, Dublin 12.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts and heritage. In total more than €5.3 billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 30 years ago.

In 2017 alone, the National Lottery raised over €226 million for such good causes.