Shopping for groceries wins one lucky local £5000!

Portsmouth resident, Sharon Ford has won an unexpected £5000 windfall with her food shopping after her name was picked from hundreds of entries into The Southern Co-operative’s Lucky Locals campaign.

The Southern Co-operative's Lucky Locals £5000 winner Sharon Ford Jan 15

Photo: Sharon Ford receives her Lucky Locals £5000 cheque from Manager Andrew Mills (left) at The Southern Co-operative store in Sultan Road, Buckland and Area Operations Manager Dips Hathi.

Customers at 39 participating The Southern Co-operative stores across Portsmouth, Fareham, Porchester, Lee on Solent and Gosport have had the chance to win a share of prizes worth £1 million, including cash from £5 up to £10,000 as well as food and drink instant wins. Each time customers spent £5 or more on shopping in the three months leading up to Christmas, they received a free Lucky Locals scratch card. The campaign included the chance to win £5000 by collecting letters on each scratch card to make up the words ‘Mary Rose’, in reference to Portsmouth’s internationally renowned Tudor ship on display at the city’s Historic Dockyard. As Steve Tremlett, Head of Retail Business Development at The Southern Co-operative, explained: “No-one claimed the £5000 Mary Rose prize by the end of the campaign, so to reward our customers for their loyalty and honour the prize, we invited those who had all but one letter needed to send these in to enter a free prize draw. Our Lucky Local Sharon was drawn from hundreds of entries as our £5000 winner by MD of the Mary Rose Museum, Paul Griffiths!”

Winner Sharon Ford, who is a regular customer at The Southern Co-operative store in Sultan Road, Buckland, said: “I was really shocked when I got the phonecall to tell me I’d won, I never expected to win so it took me completely by surprise. I nearly didn’t send the Mary Rose letters into The Southern Co-operative as I thought I had no chance of winning! I’m really pleased although I don’t know yet how I’ll spend the cash.” Sharon has two children and three grandchildren, who she spends much of her time looking after.

The Southern Co-operative’s Lucky Locals campaign also created thirteen £500 and four £1,000 winners from across the region, and thousands of food, drink and cash prizes were also claimed.