Christmas prize winner urged to come forward

Wellingborough BID Manager John Cable with the unclaimed winning ticket.
Wellingborough BID Manager John Cable with the unclaimed winning ticket.

The hunt is on for a mystery Wellingborough shopper who scooped the top prize in a Christmas shopping competition but has not come forward to claim £1,500 in vouchers.

The lucky lady, whose surname is Draycott, left only an email address on the winning ticket but has not replied to several emails telling her of the victory, prompting fears the email address given was either incorrect or the messages have gone into a spam folder.

The contest to encourage people to shop in the town centre was organised by Wellingborough’s Business Improvement District (BID), a scheme bringing together retailers to promote trade in the town.

Wellingborough BID manager John Cable said: “We have Wellingborough’s own hunt for an unclaimed winning ticket – it’s not quite the recent missing £64 million Euro Millions lottery ticket, but it’s still a lot of money.

“We are appealing for the winner or anyone who may know them to come forward.

“We organised the competition to reward loyal local shoppers, so we would like to ensure that the winner is rewarded.”

Entry vouchers were available at stores across the town for shoppers in the build-up to the Christmas lights switch on. They were also given to people who spent more than £10 in any one transaction in town centre shops.

The winners were pulled out of a hat with vouchers for town centre shops on offer.

All of them have responded to claim their prizes apart from the mystery shopper, with Cheryl Ansell winning £1,000 and 10 others getting £250 worth of vouchers.

Mr Cable said if the winner does not come forward then the funds will be put into a new competition for Wellingborough shoppers.

He added: “We think the competition was successful.

“We will look to do a similar competition next year around the same time. But maybe it will come back in a slightly different format.”

If you are the mystery Wellingborough shopper or can help, call Mr Cable on 01933 270795 or email