Army nurse wins £25,000 Veterans' Lottery jackpot

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am normally very unlucky, some call me ‘jinxed’ and that’s why I still can’t believe I’ve won £25,000!

These are the words of Army veteran Caroline Calver who’s won the £25,000 rollover jackpot in the lotto that’s a lifeline for our Armed Forces.

The nurse, who served for 22 years in the British Army, which included tours of Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland, had only been playing the Veterans’ Lottery for just over two months when she won the £5,000 top monthly prize along with the additional £20,000 rollover pot.

Caroline still works within the military as a civilian nurse at Rock Barracks, in Sutton Heath, Suffolk.

She has many friends who are both veterans and serving Armed Forces personnel and knows all too well the strain that service can often put on the individual and their families.

This is why she plays the Veterans’ Lottery and is encouraging others to do the same.

“I was an Army nurse for 22 years and became a single parent for the last few years of service which brought a different set of priorities and challenges.

Throughout my life whilst serving and since leaving the army four years ago I was lucky to have the love and support of my family and friends to help me along the way.

“But not everyone is so lucky to get this support”

“This is why funding from charities like the Veterans’ Foundation is so important because there are thousands of people out there that need help and support from charities that benefit from vital funding that comes from the VF.

“This charity has already helped so many into recovery, but there’s so much more that be achieved if more people sign up to play the National Veterans’ Lottery.

“We are going to spend Christmas with a long time Army friend in Canada and my winnings are really going to help,” she continued.

“It’s a really great feeling to know that I’m not going to have to watch the pennies whilst we’re away and have some extra cash for when we get back to put towards doing my house up and a more reliable car.

“It’s going to be an amazing Christmas.”