IF you are thinking of playing the Lotto this week, buying your ticket from a member of the Carey family might be a good bet. Siblings Hugh, Tony and Teresa Carey from Belmullet sold their seventh winning Lotto ticket over the weekend.
The seven Lotto tickets, sold over the 25 years of the lottery, have accounted for an estimated €16 million in winnings. The three siblings run shops in Belmullet, Loughrea and Dublin.
The seventh lucky strike came last Saturday night when Carey’s Newsagents in Belmullet, which is owned by Hugh, sold a winning Lotto Plus 1 ticket worth €350,000.
This is the second time a winning ticket was sold in the shop, which is located on Main Street. The first, worth £500,000, was sold in 1987. Hugh’s brother Tony, who runs a shop in Dublin, has sold two winners, while his sister Teresa, who runs News ‘n’ Choose in Loughrea, has sold three winning tickets.
“Between the three siblings they have sold winning tickets worth around €15 or €16 million,” Hugh’s daughter Lorraine told The Mayo News. “It is some amount of money for one family to give away,” she laughed.
Saturday’s winning €4 ‘quick pick’ ticket was sold on Friday evening. The winner has yet to come forward, however, and Lorraine says they have no idea who it is.
“Nobody has come forward yet. There have been lots of rumours, but so far they have all been wrong. I got the phonecall on Saturday evening at 9.30 to say I sold the winning ticket, and I got the word out early … Our normal clients are local people, but last week there were three weddings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and a lot of people were home from England for them. We haven’t a clue who the winner is,” she said.
Lorraine urged people to check their tickets, adding that most of the winnings that are not claimed are around the €500,000 mark. “People forget to check their tickets,” she said, adding that she wishes the winners – whoever they are – the best of happiness in the future.
A spokesperson for the National Lottery confirmed that nobody has be in contact to claim the prize. The winner has 90 days from last Saturday to come forward.
This is the second time a big winning ticket was bought in Belmullet in the last year, with the McIntyre family from Ballyglass winning €11 million last October. That ticket was sold in Brogans’ Eurospar.
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