'Sheer delight’ as couple celebrate jackpot win in the national Veterans’ Lottery

Gordon Harmer and his wife are celebrating after winning the Veterans’ Lottery jackpot.

The 67-year-old, who lives in Brigg, North Lincs, with his wife Ulrike, admitted his win ‘couldn’t have come at a better time’ when he scooped the £5,000 first prize in the latest draw in the lottery that funds life-changing projects for British veterans in need.

Gordon, who’s a former member of the Territorial Army, and Ulrike, come from military families as their fathers both served in the forces.

He’s been playing the Veterans’ Lottery for just over six months and found out about it via Facebook and told the Veterans Foundation that it’s now the only lottery that he plays.

“As soon as I saw the Veterans’ Lottery Facebook page I made an immediate connection because of my military background and deep respect and admiration for anyone who’s served their country,” said Gordon.

“The Veterans’ Foundation has done so much amazing work for smaller military charities and it’s all there to see on the Facebook page and that’s why I play this lottery. I know that my £10 per month is going directly to ex-service men and women and their families who really need help.”

“But it’s great to also know that you’re also in with the chance of winning considerable amounts of money and I still can’t believe that I’m a winner.”

The win couldn’t have come at a better time for the couple as Gordon explains:” We were going through a tough financial time, which was totally out of our control and money was tight.

“To win a sum like this really did help us out no end and for that we are really grateful.

“I used to play the National Lottery, but stopped as I didn’t really know where my money went.

“But that’s not the case with the Veterans’ Lottery and that’s why I’d encourage anyone to do as I have and join up.”