Mr Jones from the Spar shop in the village had been given a £10,000 prize from National Lottery operator, Camelot, for delivering an exceptional service when it comes to selling National Lottery games.
The windfall came as a complete surprise to Matthew.
“I was really shocked to find out I’d won," he said.
"I didn’t even realise I’d even been entered into the prize draw, so it was definitely a great surprise. I was speechless when I heard the news, and would like to thank Camelot – it means a great deal to my family and me.”
“After a tough 12 months with the store being extremely busy, we’ve not had much family time – so this will mean we’ll be able to have a lot more time together and some great holidays away.”
The National Lottery is renowned for handing out big cash prizes, but it is not as widely known that operator Camelot also rewards its retailers with cash prizes for sterling work.
National Lottery retailers are automatically entered into a quarterly prize draw when they achieve high in-store standards for the sale of National Lottery games – such as ensuring the latest Lotto advertising is up in store – which is why his entry into the draw went under Matthew’s radar.
The National Lottery raises an average of £30 million every week for Good Causes across the UK with over £1 billion distributed to date across the UK to help tackle the impact of coronavirus.