Linda Stoddart owner of Lindas News in Darlington

Linda Stoddart, who owns Linda’s News in Darlington, has won £10,000 in The National Lottery’s Site, Stock, Sell online quarterly prize draw.  A further 10 retailers each won £1,000 after they were all entered into the draw thanks to maintaining high in-store standards for the sale of National Lottery products. 

Linda said: “I couldn’t believe it when my sales rep told me I’d won £10,000. I’ve never won anything like that in my life! I’ve had the lottery since 2008 when I first took over the shop, and also play myself occasionally. I once won £294 after matching four main numbers in a Lotto ‘Must Be Won’ rolldown, but nothing close to £10,000.

“We’ll be able to use the money to buy a new boiler as the current one needs replacing and I’ll also landscape my garden. This money will make a massive difference to our lives. And to think, it’s all thanks to doing things like always siting the latest National Lottery POS straight away.”

The following five retailers each won £1,000:

·         Gowribala Saravanamuth of Nisa Local in Coulsdon

·         Mohammad Zahid of Eyemouth General Store in Eyemouth

·         Mohammad Akhtar of Swinton Convenience Store in Swinton

·         Prajay Patel of Newstime in Brentwood

·         Pulkit Jashbhai Patel of Sarswati News and Off Licence in London

·         A further five retailers in Strood, Bicester, Ilkeston, Manchester and Stroud also picked up prizes, but chose to remain anonymous.

Pulkit said: “I’m going on holiday in a few days so this £1,000 has come at a fantastic time. I find the National Lottery rewards programme great in general. It’s a fantastic way to make money and keep up to date with any changes I need to be aware of as a National Lottery retailer.”

Allwyn’s director of channel operations, Alex Green, said: “Congratulations to this quarter’s winners. They are more than deserving of their prizes, as keeping high in-store standards not only helps increase their own shop’s sales, but also contributes to the more than £4 million raised every day by players and retailers alike for National Lottery-funded projects.”