HAILSHAM: Shop hits the headlines after selling £17.8m lottery ticket

Winning sale: Mark Alexander manages the Budgens shop which sold the winning lottery ticket
Winning sale: Mark Alexander manages the Budgens shop which sold the winning lottery ticket
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BUDGENS shop manager Mark Alexander is more used to selling newspapers than appearing in them, but the Hailsham store has been hitting the headlines after it sold a £17.8m winning Lottery ticket.

Trucker Matthew Breach, 37 from Battle, scooped the 20th biggest Lotto win in Britain, after he bought the winning ticket on a whim as he stopped off to buy a pint of milk at the Upper Horsebridge Road store.

Staff members at the Hailsham shop were “ecstatic” after hearing the news and customers are keen to follow in the multi-millionaire’s footsteps.

Mr Alexander said the £17.8m windfall was the first major lottery win he had seen in 15 years of working at the shop.

“Customers are quite surprised,” he told the Gazette. “One or two of them wish it had been them that won it.”

However, the manager is taking the news in his stride.

“The shop is as lucky as the guy who bought the ticket,” he said.

“It is more recognition for the shop that we have had a good win.”