A NEWSAGENT who has helped his customers win life-changing sums of Lottery cash for almost two decades has been honoured by game bosses.
Anthony Fecci, who runs the A. Fecci store in Mold, has been selling tickets for the multi-million pound draws for the past 19 years.
And this week he was recognised for raising more than £1.7million for the National Lottery Good Causes through ticket sales – not to mention the hundreds of thousands of pounds pocketed by his Mold customers in winnings.
Mr Fecci, who took over the shop from his father, 86-year-old Alfredo, in 1977, said he couldn’t put an exact figure on how much customers have won over the years.
But a couple of big wins stick out in the memory.
“We have had a couple of big wins and several other smaller wins,” he said.
“Someone won £150,000 in the early days and someone else won £90,000 about five or six years ago.
“The first winner still comes into the shop.
“I remember the day well.
“It was a Sunday morning and he had 10 winning tickets which accumulated up to £150,000.
“I was on the phone to Camelot for about an hour sorting it out. The man who had won was mildly happy to say the least.
“We have also had several wins at about £5,000 I know about.”
Mr Fecci, 59, described the early years when the Lottery was first introduced as being “mind blowing”. He said he had to bring in more staff to deal with the rush for tickets – having up to six members of staff in on a Saturday.
The shop has raised £1,735,317 for good causes through the sales and a poster will now be on display in the store to highlight the achievement.
Mr Fecci said: “I’m so proud that my customers have helped me to raise so much money.”
Duncan Malyon, sales director of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said they are delighted to recognise Mr Fecci for his “outstanding contribution”.
He added: “It’s a great way to remind our retail partner, and our players, that every ticket bought a percentage of every ticket sold goes to good cause funding that benefits people and communities throughout the UK.