Winning Streak will not return this autumn due to Covid-19 restrictions

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Kenneth Fox
RTÉ and the National Lottery have announced that Winning Streak will not be returning this autumn due to ongoing restrictions related to Covid-19.

In a statement, they said, "We 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 and staff."

On the last Winning Streak show on March 7th, five players were drawn to appear on the next episode, which would have aired on March 21st.

With the new government restrictions being announced they had to postpone the show. They contacted the players and said they intended to reschedule the show for a later date.

Health and safety guidelines

They also announced in March that any player who had a three-star entry should continue to send those into the National Lottery until August 10th in line with game rules and they would be included in a catch all draw at a later date.

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They have now decided that two game shows will take place instead, one for those drawn in the catch-all draw and one for those who were drawn for the postponed show on March 21st.

They said "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.

"This event will not be broadcast on RTÉ television. Attendance will be in strict adherence to Government guidelines and will include players, the requisite National Lottery and KPMG personnel."

The date for the event will be decided in the coming weeks in line with the most up-to-date guidance on public health measures and that they will contact player in the coming weeks with the details of the event.

They also said that Winning Streak scratch cards, which were due to go on sale in August, will not go on sale until further notice.

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