Glossop resident Tom Croft was announced as the top prize winner in Spar’s Make it Your Summer giveaway, taking home £10,000.
The six-week campaign was run by James Hall & Co. Ltd, the primary wholesaler and distributor for Spar in the north of England, in the 600 stores it services.
Croft said receiving the winning call was a “complete surprise” after a chance entry to the prize giveaway during a late night trip to his local EuroGarage Spar for some essentials.
“My partner took the call to tell me I had won, and I had to ring back because we were both confused and thought it couldn’t possibly be me,” he said.
“I’ve never won anything this big before – it was a complete surprise to receive the call!”
He celebrated the news by treating himself to trip to the cinema, and said he will split the money between items for his home, a holiday for him and his partner, and a large donation to the Glossopdale Foodbank.
“I’m going to spend some of it on some household items as we’re hosting the family this Christmas for the first time after Covid which will be great. Some of it will also go on holiday after one that we had planned had to be cancelled because of the pandemic,” he said
“I also really want to do a big basket shop for the foodbank in Glossop. It’s nice I am in a position to be able to do this. It could be a neighbour who is relying on it so it is good to look out for one another.”
The 31-year-old retail manager was chosen at random as the grand prize winner from almost 37,000 entrants. Other major prizes included 55 inch LG televisions, £1,000 holiday vouchers, and in-store money-off tokens. There were almost 35,000 winners over the 42-day period.
Tom Murphy, Marketing Manager for James Hall & Co. Ltd, said: “Our Make It Your Summer campaign was a chance to reward our loyal Spar customers across the north of England and I’m delighted that Tom is our grand prize winner.
“The prize giveaway has been hugely successful as communities across the north have really taken to it. We saw entries increase by almost 50 per cent and the number of winners more than double from our previous campaign in January.
“It is fantastic that Tom has decided to give something back to his own community in Glossop from the prize money, and we hope he enjoys a few treats from the prize fund himself.”