A lucky bride started her first day of married life yesterday with a new name and €32,700 in the bank.
Mary Hamdam (née O’Sullivan), 34, from Shrove, Co Donegal, was stunned when she was picked to appear on Winning Streak on the same day as her wedding to Eoin. As all their nearest and dearest were celebrating the nuptials in Donegal, it fell to a friend’s daughter, Dubliner Ciara Ní Chleirigh, 21, to take Mary’s seat on the show.
Mary and Eoin woke up in their marital suite at the Redcastle Hotel yesterday beaming after a wonderful wedding and the knowledge they are €32,700 better off.
“We are just delighted. The wedding went perfectly and everyone really enjoyed themselves,” Mary said.
“Watching Winning Streak halfway through was great craic altogether.
“Ciara was great on the show — no bother to her at all. She did very well for us.”
Her delighted husband, Eoin, from Omagh, Co Tyrone, admitted that not many couples begin married life financially better off than before their big-day splurge.
“It certainly doesn’t happen every day,” he said.
“We were having such a fantastic day that we nearly forgot about Winning Streak until it was nearly time for it to be on.
“The show was recorded earlier in the day and we could have found out what Ciara won but we wanted to keep it a surprise and watch it with everyone else,” he added.
Special needs assistant Mary and IT specialist Eoin have been together for nearly five years and share a rented home in Blackrock, Co Dublin. The couple now plan to put the winnings towards buying a house.
The Hamdams continued their celebrations with family and friends yesterday before they fly off to Budapest on honeymoon tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the couple admitted that no jackpot win could ever match their happiness as they begin their new life together.
“I’m a very, very lucky man,” beamed Eoin.
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