Army veteran wins Veterans' Lottery jackpot

Gary (left) served in the British Army for 32 years

AN Army veteran is celebrating after winning £5,000 in the latest prize draw.

Gary Kent, who lives in Boston, Lincs, joined the British Army when he was 16-years-old, and served for a total of 32 years.

The 61-year-old, was a part of the Household Cavalry for 24 years and then served in the Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) for the remainder of his career.

He’s been playing the national Veterans’ Lottery since last summer after he and a group of friends who he served with, found out about the work of the Veterans’ Foundation via Facebook.

Like many loyal supporters of the VF, Gary didn’t sign up to win, but to support thousands of British veterans and their families, who are in need of vital support.

“Facebook has been a great way of keeping in contact with the lads I used to serve and this is how I ended up playing the lottery because it’s easy to see how the money is spent and who it helps,” said Gary.

“It’s so important for us all to show support for those who have served this country and for younger generations to appreciate the sacrifices that have been made.”

Gary and his wife Wendy have been married for 32 years and his winnings are going into their savings pot.

“The people at the Veterans’ Foundation couldn’t get through on the number I supplied so I got an e-mail and I thought it was some kind of prank,” Gary continued.

“When I called back I soon discovered that it was genuine and it was the biggest suprise I’ve had all year.” 

This month's national Veterans' Lottery jackpot stands at £25,000!