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Shop owner who sold 'life-changing' Lotto tickets reveals bonus plans for 'good use'

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Shop owner who sold 'life-changing' Lotto tickets reveals bonus plans for 'good use'

IT was a memorable Easter Monday in an Irish store after it sold the winning €1 million Lotto Plus Raffle weekend ticket.

There was a stir around the town of Moville in Co Donegal after it was confirmed the winning ticket had been purchased from a popular store in the area.

Celebrations at Doherty's Centers in Moville, Donegal

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Celebrations at Doherty's Centers in Moville, DonegalCredit: Clive Wasson / Mac Innes Photography
Centers staff Caoimhe Farren, Teresa Doherty, Eileen Breslin, Fran Whearty from the National Lottery, store owners Gerry Doherty and Justine McLaughlin, Fergal McDermott, Tina Gill, Martina McLaughlin, store manager Brendan Doherty and Laura O'Doherty

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Centers staff Caoimhe Farren, Teresa Doherty, Eileen Breslin, Fran Whearty from the National Lottery, store owners Gerry Doherty and Justine McLaughlin, Fergal McDermott, Tina Gill, Martina McLaughlin, store manager Brendan Doherty and Laura O'DohertyCredit: Clive Wasson / Mac Innes Photography
Shop owner Gerry Doherty was delighted when he heard one of his customers had an unforgettable Easter weekend

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Shop owner Gerry Doherty was delighted when he heard one of his customers had an unforgettable Easter weekendCredit: Clive Wasson / Mac Innes Photography

Celebrations were in full swing at Doherty's Centers today as it emerged that a Donegal player had become the seventh Lotto millionaire of 2024.

The lucky punter won the life-changing prize in the special draw on Saturday evening after purchasing his Quick Pick ticket in store on Friday, March 29.

Shop owner Gerry Doherty was delighted when he heard one of his customers had an unforgettable Easter weekend.

He said: “I was absolutely delighted when I got the call from the National Lottery to say we had sold the winning €1million ticket in Saturday's draw.

“It's absolutely life-changing for the winner, but even for the store this is a big year for us, so it's perfect timing for a big win.

“2024 marks 40 years of the Doherty business and 20 years of the store being open, so this really gives us even more to celebrate.

“All the staff here at the store are happy that one of our customers is now a millionaire and I plan to put the agent's sales bonus to good use by throwing a big party for the whole team. It's important to celebrate these things and what better excuse could there be!

“We've been saying all weekend that we hope the winner has checked his ticket by now.

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“Imagine seeing that amount appear when you check your lottery number!

“We tell everyone who comes into the store to check their tickets because you never know, it might be you!”

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While the Lotto Plus Lotto usually has between 60 and 120 winners of €500 in each draw, Saturday's event saw an even bigger windfall thanks to a special lottery.

Each of the tickets with the winning Lotto Plus Raffle number drawn on Saturday evening was entered into a one-off random draw where one ticket was selected to win an additional €1 million prize.

While each ticket holder with the winning ticket number won €500, one player won €1 million in addition to the usual prize.

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The winning lottery number was 8794.

The Donegal winner has yet to be announced.

The National Lottery is now urging all Lotto players who may have bought their tickets at Doherty's Centers in Moville to carefully check their tickets from Saturday's draw.

The winner is advised to sign the back of their ticket and keep it safe.

They should contact the National Lottery Prize Claims team on 1800 666 222 or email [email protected]. Arrangements will then be made for them to collect their prize from Lotto headquarters.

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