Store hits the £1m Lottery jackpot

Desborough shopkeeper Chandrika Bapodara of Oak Tree Stores has raised more than �1m for good causes through lottery ticket sales.
Desborough shopkeeper Chandrika Bapodara of Oak Tree Stores has raised more than �1m for good causes through lottery ticket sales.
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The owners of a convenience store say they are proud that Lottery tickets sold there have raised more than £1m for good causes.

Oak Tree Stores, in Desborough, has raised £1,004,609 for National Lottery projects both in Northamptonshire and across the rest of the UK.

The Premier convenience store, run by husband-and-wife team Nagajan and Chandrika Bapodara since 2004, is in Gold Street.

A poster marking the fundraising milestone is on display in the shop, with Mr and Mrs Bapodara speaking of their pride at playing their part in helping to fund worthwhile causes.

Mrs Bapodara said: “We were really happy that we had raised this much – you don’t think you would raise that much.

“We never let anyone go without buying a Lottery ticket.

“It’s something we have done and we are very proud that we have sold that many Lottery tickets.

“Because it’s for charity, it’s good. I am very proud.”

Mr Bapodara added: “I’m so proud that our customers have helped us to raise so much money for National Lottery Good Causes.

“I couldn’t believe the figure when my Camelot representative told me.

“It’s great news for our local area. I’ll definitely be talking to all of my customers about it.”

Tickets for this weekend’s National Lottery draw cost £2, the first price increase in its 19-year history and a doubling of the previous price.

Operator Camelot has defended the move, saying it will ensure even more money will be available to hand over to good causes.

Local causes funded

Corby and District Model Railway Society - £9,321 - A project by a community organisation in Corby to block pave the drive of their clubhouse, enhance the outdoor railway track and install picnic benches.

K.C.U. Ltd - £6,944 - To help the Kettering charity set up a furniture recycling service.

Friends of Coronation Park, Corby - £3,562 - Helping fund a 60th birthday celebration for the group.

Citizens Advice Services Corby & Kettering - £176,020 - It became the lead of a four-organisation partnership delivering an integrated advice service.

Broughton Playing Fields and Village Hall Association - £10,000 - Renovations at the village hall.

Littlestones Pre-School - £8,568 - The charity in Wellingborough wanted to install a safety surface and seating for their playground which had become hazardous in bad weather.