A NEWSAGENT has been praised by National Lottery organisers after tickets bought by customers helped raise more than £1.5 million for good causes.
The Town Crier, based in Derby Street, Leek, has raised the figure of £1,542,090 for National Lottery Good Causes through sales of lottery products to local players since the draw was first started in 1994.
The shop has been owned for the last four years by Leek couple Alan and Gill Lyford.
Mr Lyford said: “We are so proud that our customers and the past owners of the shop have helped The Town Crier to raise so much money for National Lottery Good Causes.
“I couldn’t believe the figure when our Camelot representative told me how much had been raised.
“The amount highlighted has all gone to good causes, and hopefully it has helped to make life changing contributions for many people.
“It’s also great news for our local area, as well as for communities across the UK.”
A poster will now be on display in the Leek shop to highlight the business’s outstanding achievement to customers and to remind National Lottery players of their ongoing contribution to life-changing good causes across the UK.
Each week, National Lottery operator Camelot generates more than £35 million for good causes. To date, National Lottery players have raised more than £30 billion with more than 400,000 individual good cause awards made across the UK, an average of 128 lottery grants for every postcode district.
Duncan Malyon, sales director of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognising our retail partners for the outstanding contribution they make – week in, week out – to society through selling National Lottery products.
“It’s a great way to remind them, and our players, that every ticket bought has lifechanging potential, not only in terms of the chance to win huge amounts of money, but the fact that a percentage of every ticket sold goes to good cause funding that benefits people and communities throughout the UK."
Great Britain’s most successful ever Olympian and National Lottery Ambassador, Sir Chris Hoy, pointed out lottery funding has helped a variety of schemes.
He added: “It’s great that retailers across the country are doing such a fantastic job in contributing to the funds raised for the good causes.
“National Lottery funding is absolutely vital to a massive variety of projects.
“I know from my own experience the difference it’s made to sport in this country, and that this funding touches communities across the nation.”