Northern Ireland

Dungiven newsagent sells trio of winning lottery tickets

A County Londonderry newsagent is one of the luckiest in Northern Ireland after selling a hat-trick of winning National Lottery tickets.

Barry McCloskey, whose shop is in Dungiven, sold the 5+Bonus ticket worth almost £91,000, which was won by local man Kieran Kelly in last Wednesday's draw.

In recent years, he has sold tickets worth almost £500,000 and £1.4m.

Forty-eight-year-old Kieran has put his Lotto win down to being ill.

"I work in Dublin during the week and had to come home on Wednesday because I was well under the weather with the flu," he said.

"I went into Barry's shop when I got off the bus and it was just about five minutes before the lottery closed at half seven.

"I usually buy my ticket from Barry on Saturdays when I'm home for the weekend so it's just been an incredible turn of events. It also cured my flu pretty quickly."

Kieran does not yet know how he will spend his money - but cannot believe his luck.

"It's a lovely amount of money - just enough to make life comfortable while keeping my feet on the ground," he said.

"I haven't decided what to do with it yet but it will certainly allow me to travel round Ireland enjoying my passion for traditional music."

Meanwhile, Barry McCloskey is delighted that, once again, he has sold a lucky ticket.

It comes after local woman Ann Logan won £479,126 in 2006, and four years before that, Limavady van driver Stephen Boyd netted £1,456,675.

Barry said he could not be happier that the latest winning ticket went to his lifelong friend.

He said: "Our parents were neighbours in the town so I grew up beside Kieran. I couldn't be more pleased - unless, of course, it had been me!

"I don't know why the shop is so lucky but let's hope it continues to happen. People go miles out of their way to buy their tickets here."

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