Dubbed the ‘luckiest family in National Lottery history’, the Carey family are the people to seek out if you’re in need of a hefty dose of Irish luck after selling a jackpot-winning ticket in Thursday night’s Daily Million draw. Sold at Carey’s Newsagent on Main Street in Belmullet, Co Mayo, the ticket landed one fortuitous lottery fan a top prize worth €1 million.
The family, who operate businesses in Mayo, Galway and Dublin, have now sold tickets worth over €30 million, including a playslip worth an incredible €13.8 million in 2016, the eighth largest prize in Irish Lotto history, and a €500,000 EuroMillions Plus top prize winner in 2015. The Belmullet store alone is rapidly becoming a real big hitter when it comes to players scooping huge windfalls, selling five top prize-winning tickets in various National Lottery games.
Lorraine Carey, the Belmullet store owner, remains hopeful that the latest winning ticket was purchased by a member of the local community: "It's down to a handful of people," she told reporters. “But, as always, we won't be speculating for reasons of confidentiality."
National Lottery officials are now keen to track down the Carey family’s latest success story and are urging all Daily Millions players to check their tickets carefully. “If you’re the lucky ticket holder, sign the back of the ticket and contact the National Lottery Prize Claims Team on 01 836 4444,” said a National Lottery spokesman.
If you would like to test your luck for the chance to win a huge prize, Daily Millions draws take place twice daily and offer a €1 million jackpot. For more information, head to the Irish Lottery page.