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Lottery punters make shop chain a winner; in association with RBS.

THE North East's biggest independent chain of convenience stores, Mills Group, has been voted the best National Lottery retailer.

The Whitley Bay chain was voted to the top spot in a survey of 28,000 convenience store customers across the UK and includes big names such as Sainsbury's, Tesco Express, Co-op, Spar and Londis.

Since the launch of the National Lottery in 1994, Mills Group has sold nearly pounds 300m worth of National Lottery tickets and raised more than pounds 70m for good causes.

Mills sells lottery tickets at each of its 75 stores, from Northumberland in the North to Chepstow in South Wales. Group managing director Nigel Mills said: "I am immensely proud to receive the award on behalf of the 1,150 company employees who constantly strive to meet and exceed their customers' expectations.

"This award will be a great boost for our employees and it is the second year running that our customers have voted for us as the Best Lottery Retailer in the UK."

Mills also won an award as the best confectionery, tobacco, newspaper and magazine retailer, again for the second year running.

Mills Group's turnover this year is forecast at pounds 55m with another pounds 45m being taken in service sales covering National Lottery tickets and utility bill payment services.

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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 21, 2008
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