A LUCKY family
newsagents in Mayo has struck Lotto gold once again, scoring its
incredible sixth top prize win in a National Lottery game.
The Carey family and the community in Belmullet and the Erris peninsula are celebrating today after one of Ireland’s luckiest Lotto shops, Carey's newsagents in Belmullet, sold last night’s Lotto Match 5 + Bonus ticket worth an amazing €370,312.
The Careys are no strangers to National Lottery winning ways. In 2016, the family celebrated selling the winning ticket for a whopping €13.8 million Lotto jackpot, the eighth highest Lotto jackpot win in the National Lottery’s 30-year history.
It’s other wins over the years are: 1991 Lotto Jackpot of €710,422; 2012 Lotto + 1 top prize of €350,000; 2015 EuroMillions + top prize of €500,000; and March 2017 Daily Millions €1 million.
An ecstatic Lorraine Carey, owner of the lucky newsagent, said there is huge excitement in the town as news has spread of the win, which was a quick pick ticket.
Said Lorraine: “I took over the shop from my dad Hughie in 2013 and this is the fourth big win I have had since then. It is unbelievable.
“We are delighted also to have had this win in a year when the National Lottery is celebrating its 30th anniversary and giving back €5 billion to good causes.“
The luck of the Carey family spreads beyond their shop in Belmullet. Lorraine’s aunt and uncle, Tony and Teresa Carey, have sold winning National Lottery tickets in their shops in Loughrea and Dublin. Between the entire family they have clocked up more than €30 million in National Lottery winnings!
Indeed Belmullet’s Lotto luck spreads beyond the Careys with the McIntyre family winning €11 million after they bought the winning ticket in Brogan’s Eurospar in Belmullet in 2011.
According to Lorraine: “We have a huge reputation now right around Ireland as being the luckiest shop to play National Lottery games in in the country. I sometimes get letters from people with money enclosed asking to buy a ticket for them! People make a point of coming to our shop to get a rub of the green.”
National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, expressed his delight at the latest news. “This really proves that lightening can strike twice – or even six times!”