I paid 50p to play the tombola at school fair – my prize was worth hundreds | The Sun

IF you've ever wondered whether tombola stalls are worth the effort, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Kerry Carty, 33, managed to nab a prize worth hundreds of pounds with just a 50p ticket at a school fair.

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

The savvy parent was at her six-year-old's school fair where she won the golden ticket.

Her prize was a bottle of 1982 Château Cos d'Estournel, Saint-Estèphe, which can be worth up to £400 depending on where it's sold.

Before discovering its eye-watering worth, she'd popped it in her cupboard, ready to give to her nan for Christmas.

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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."

She now wants to share her experience with others to prompt them to check their wine racks.

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Kerry 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.

“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 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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There are also always plenty of ways to save money on your food shop as bills start skyrocketing.

One savvy shopper saved £80 on her food bill by using cost-cutting app Too Good To Go – read here.

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