Gobsmacked mum discovers her 50p tombola prize wine is a little gold mine

A mum from Stockport was left thrilled when she discovered the bottle of wine that she won in a tombola was worth £185.

Kerry Carty, 33, was attending her six-year-old daughter’s school fair when she purchased the winning tombola ticket for 50p.

After receiving her prize – a bottle of 1982 Château Cos d'Estournel, Saint-Estèphe – she popped it in a cupboard, planning to give it to her nan for Christmas. But upon coming across the bottle of red a few days later while having a clear out, Kerry decided to Google the label.

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That’s when she discovered it was selling for up to hundreds of pounds online, with some vintages going up for £400.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Kerry decided to put the wine up for auction on Bid for Wine, where it received 16 bids over four days, before it was sold for £185.

Kerry said: "I don't know anything about wine.

"I’m not a wine drinker and I’ve never drunk it as it gives me headaches. But I only paid 50p for a tombola ticket – so to get £185 is amazing to me."

Kerry wanted to share her experience with others to prompt them to check their wine racks.

She said: “I’m assuming it’s come from someone like me who’s been gifted this bottle of wine and just thought it could go to the school.

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“I do feel bad, but as the saying goes, 'One man's trash is another one’s treasure'. From now on I’m going to check, my mum has already checked all her bottles that she has stored!

“I said to my mum I’d give it to nan for Christmas and had a bottle bag ready. But my nan said she was glad I didn’t give it to her as she doesn’t drink red wine.

“I always see people saying ‘check your change, your antiques’ – but I’ve never heard anyone say ‘check your bottles of wine’. Times are hard – and if you’ve got a little gold mine in your cupboard then why not.”

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