Winning Lotto jackpot ticket sold in town

Monica Varma, of Galleries News,''in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, where the winning ticket was bought

Monica Varma, of Galleries News,''in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, where the winning ticket was bought

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A LUCKY punter became a possible millionaire after scooping a jackpot lottery prize on a ticket bought at a town newsagent.

Galleries News, in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, received a letter from Camelot saying one of its tickets in the last six months was a winner.

The lucky lottery winners decided against revealing their identity after scooping the prize, meaning the newsagent’s staff have no idea who they served the winning ticket to.

But they can now boast a sign on the front of the newsagents letting customers know they sold a jackpot winning ticket.

Owner Monica Varma, 39, said: “When I read the letter I just thought ‘wow’.

“To think I actually could have held that winning ticket in my hand for a couple of seconds.

“That ticket has changed somebody’s life.”

Shop staff revealed punters now regularly ask them to blow on their tickets as a sign of good luck in the hope they can follow in the footsteps of the recent winner.

Monica said there is obviously a slight sense of intrigue as to who won the huge prize, but said she completely respects the decision of the winners to keep their identity under wraps.

She added: “I respect somebody who doesn’t want to have the publicity, Hartlepool isn’t a big place.

“But we do have a lot of regulars so it would be nice to think one of them was the winner.

“You read about people winning the lottery, but it’s nice to think there is someone who we might know has won such a big prize.”

A Camelot spokeswoman said: “On this occasion, the lucky winners have decided to remain anonymous, but they have granted the shop the opportunity to celebrate its ‘lucky’ status within the town.

“There is every chance that the terminal will produce another winning ticket again one day and we are delighted that the news is having a positive impact on the shop.”