A small village in east Donegal is celebrating today after the National Lottery confirmed the winning store which sold last Saturday’s Lotto jackpot winning ticket worth €2,482,715.

The winning Normal Play ticket was sold at Harris’ service station in Convoy village which has a population of just over 1,500 people.

Lottery Celebrations at Harris’ Service Station Convoy after selling a winning €2.4M+ Lottery Ticket. Evelyn Harris, Shop Owner. Photo Clive Wasson/ Mac Innes Photography

Owner of the winning store, Evelyn Harris was overjoyed by the news once she was informed of the win on Tuesday evening.

She said that she has always promised her customers a Lotto win and is overjoyed to see her dream come true for one of her lucky customers. She said: “This is huge for the village of Convoy and I know that we’re going to be talking about this Lotto win for many years to come.

“Any of our customers will tell you that I am absolutely stone mad but I have been promising them that I would deliver a Lotto win to the town and it’s finally happened!

“Every time I sell a Lotto ticket to one of my customers, I wish them an extra little bit of luck and some of them even tell me that they’ll bring me on holidays if they won the jackpot! Who knows, I might have to pack my suitcases in the next few days if it is a local winner!”

Lottery Celebrations at Harris’ Service Station Convoy after selling a winning €2.4M+ Lottery Ticket. Pauric Gillespie, National Lottery Sales Represenative NW, Chantelle Kennedy, Tracey Stewart, Chole Harris and Evelyn Harris. Photo Clive Wasson / Mac Innes Photography

She added: “This is an incredible community and we are delighted to be in business here for the past 18 years. The vast majority of our customers are from the local community so we are going to thoroughly the celebrations today and whoever the winner is, I know this entire village will be 100% supportive of them with this life-changing win.

“We certainly wish them every bit of health and happiness for many years to come.”

The National Lottery has also confirmed that the Donegal player who scooped the €2.4 million Lotto jackpot on Saturday night has made contact and arrangements are now being made for their prize to be paid.

Not only that, but another Donegal player scooped €500,000 in the Euromillions Plus last night! Donegal Daily has revealed that the winning ticket was bought in Gallagher’s Foodstore in Derrybeg. The identity of the ticket-holder is not yet known. But the shop is urging customers to check their tickets. The winning numbers were 05, 16, 20, 44, 47.

So far in this year alone more than €93 million has been won in prizes in the Lotto game which includes 15 new millionaires which have been created in the Lotto and Lotto Plus games. This is the 91st Lotto jackpot to be won in Donegal since the Lotto game began in 1988. These 91 jackpots totalled are worth in excess of €118.5 million.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage and the Irish Language. In total more than €5.6 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 32 years ago. In 2019 alone, €252 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.