Winning Streak Won’t Be Back This Autumn Due To Covid-19 Emergency.
The National Lottery and RTÉ have announced that Saturday night game show Winning Streak will not be back this Autumn due to “ongoing restrictions related to Covid-19”.
A statement read: “Both National Lottery and RTÉ are disappointed to postpone the show but, given the unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19, producing the programme while managing social distancing in studio, we feel, provides too much risk to players, their families (who travel from all over the country to support the player) and the staff of RTÉ, National Lottery and KPMG, who are the independent observers for the game show.”
The most-recent episode of Winning Streak aired on Saturday, March 7, when five players were selected to appear on the next planned episode of March 21.
“Before this could happen, the government restrictions in movement due to Covid-19 were introduced and unfortunately this resulted in the postponement of the March 21st show. The players were contacted and advised of the situation, together with our intention to reschedule for a later date,” the statement continued.
“Additionally, in March we announced that any player who still had a three-star entry should continue to send those into the National Lottery until the 10th August in line with game rules and they would be included in a catch-all draw at a later date.”
Explaining the plan for players, the National Lottery said: “Two game shows will now take place, one for those drawn in the catch-all draw and one for those drawn for the postponed show of March 21st.
“Each player will get the opportunity to play the full suite of Winning Streak games with the same prizes on offer, whilst at all times ensuring all social distancing and health and safety guidelines are followed.”
The event will not be televised, with attendance “in strict adherence to Government guidelines and will include players, the requisite National Lottery and KPMG personnel”.
The date will be decided in the coming weeks and players will be contacted directly. It has also been announced that Winning Streak scratch cards, due to go on sale in August, will not be available until further notice