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Donegal woman's name drawn to appear on Winning Streak game show - 10 years after identical twin sister

Rosie Collumn pictured on Winning Streak during her previous appearance in 2009.
Marie Louise McConville

A DONEGAL twin has been drawn to appear on a popular lottery TV show - a decade after her identical sister spun the big wheel.

Maggie Collum's name was pulled out of the Winning Streak drum, but she has asked her twin Rosie to take her place on the RTÉ show on Saturday.

It will be Rosie's second time on the programme - having won €37,000 in 2009.

A spokeswoman for the National Lottery said Rosie is "thankful and appreciative of all the attention and congratulation messages from her neighbours in the community.

"In fact, a huge gang of friends will gather at their local pub, the Corner Bar in Falcarragh will gather to watch the show on Saturday evening," she said.

"When Rosie appeared on the show a decade ago she had just bought a house and used her winnings to furnish it. Rosie was sitting in the same house with her twin Maggie and their mum, Annie, watching Winning Streak last Saturday when, to their shock, they heard Maggie's name get pulled out of the drum.

"The three, who are all proud Gaeilgeoirs, made a lot of noise in celebration and excitement and pretty quickly Maggie decided that she would shun the limelight and let her sister play in her place - after all, she has done this before."

When Rosie appears on tonight's show, which is co-presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, she could find herself playing some of the show's most favourite games as well as brand new games including Play or Pay, Roll for Riches, WinFall and Electric Dream – where one player will win an electric car worth €25,000.

One of the lucky five players will also get the chance to spin the wheel and win up to €500,000. But this series a €100,000 segment will be added to the iconic Grand Prize Wheel every show if less than that was won in the previous show, improving players chances to win a massive prize.

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