Store hopes to be lottery '˜lucky charm' after £1m+ prize

A fantastically lucky person, potentially from the Burgess Hill area, could very well be in the money after it was revealed that Waitrose at Market Place Shopping Centre recently sold a £1m+ winner.

Wednesday, 26th September 2018, 7:05 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th September 2018, 7:09 pm
The new Gold Lottery Stand at the Waitrose store in Market Place Shopping Centre Burgess Hill. Minesh Patel manager of Waitrose (left) with Andrew Harvey the centre manager. Photograph taken by Simon Dack/Vervate

In recognition of the store selling the £1m+ ticket, the National Lottery equipment has been upgraded to gold colouring.

Minesh Patel, manager at Waitrose, said he was thrilled that the supermarket was involved in this life-changing moment for one of its shoppers.

He said: “When we received word from Camelot – the operator of the National Lottery – confirming the wonderful news, it was quite surreal.”

“The odds of scooping one of the top prizes are very slim, so for it to be one of our customers is just fantastic.

“I suspect Waitrose will become a bit of a lucky charm now for lottery players.

“If people haven’t checked games they’ve played, I urge them to do so!

“If the prize has been claimed, I’d like to say on behalf of Waitrose, ‘congratulations’ and may it bring lots of happiness to you.”

Andrew Harvey, centre manager at Market Place, is equally delighted.

“The National Lottery catchphrase ‘it could be you!’ just became that little bit more real in this corner of the world,” he said.

“This will definitely get the town talking and I think this beautifully demonstrates how the Waitrose team at Market Place go above and beyond delivering great service!”