A SHOP assistant from Bantry won a cool €26,000 when he appeared on the National Lottery TV game show, Winning Streak.
The five-week wait for Aaron Harrington, who hails from Bantry, was well worth it, as he won a cool €26,000 from the RTÉ One show.
Aaron works in a local shop and worked a lot over the festive period, so he was the talk of the town after Marty and Sinead pulled his name out of the drum in early December, the last Winning Streak show before the Christmas break.
Aaron works in the Circle K store and filling station in Bantry and has been there for more than a year.
He didn’t mind working over Christmas and said that his regular customers kept coming into the shop to wish him well and buy a Winning Streak scratch card for themselves, hoping Aaron’s luck will rub off on them.
The Bantry man revealed that he drove to Kenmare in Kerry one night to get a Chinese takeaway, and on his journey he bought a Winning Streak scratch card which landed him on the RTÉ One show.
The night his name came out of the Winning Streak tombola, he got a call from his sister and then from other relatives and friends.
Convinced it was an elaborate wind-up, Aaron didn’t believe it until he got a confirmation call from National Lottery officials the following day.
As well as his job in Circle K, on the side Aaron helps out, along with the rest of the family, with the family farm where they rear cattle and sheep.
He is a dedicated member of Macra Na Feirme.