Navy Veteran wins Veterans' Lottery jackpot
Lee Hill’s year got off to the best possible start when he found out he'd won the jackpot in the national Veterans' Lottery.
The 38-year-old, veteran from Littlehampton, West Sussex, served in the Royal Navy for five years and won the rollover jackpot of £17,248 in the latest Veterans’ Lottery prize draw.
He’s part off many military groups on social media and he found about the Veterans’ Foundation and the VF lottery via Facebook.
Lee received the news that he’d won on New Year’s Eve and he thought that it was someone asking if they could borrow some money.
“When I got the call I though it was going to be one of my staff asking for a sub, but when the guy on the other end started telling me I’d won the lottery I was convinced it was a mate playing a trick on me,” said Lee.
“I’m absolutely over the moon about winning such a big sum of money, but I didn’t sign up with any thoughts of getting any money back at all as I just feel like it’s my duty to give something back to those men and women who have, and continue to give so much.
“I play the Veterans’ Lottery because it’s transparent and you can see exactly where the money is being spent.”
Lee got married last May and he’s going to use the money to pay off some debts, plus he and his wife are expecting their first child later this year.
“Winning this money couldn’t have come at a better time as I can pay off some of the outstanding debts from the wedding and we all know that having a baby isn’t cheap, so it’s great to have a bit of a financial buffer going into to what’s going to be a very exciting year,” Lee continued.
“I can’t stress enough how much difference military charities make to the lives of veterans and their families, so if you want to help make a difference and haven’t signed up to the veterans lottery I’d encourage you to do so.”
Another veteran was also celebrating after the latest Veterans’ Lottery draw after winning the second placed prize of £2,000.
Jason Smith served in the Royal Marines for 12 years and lives in St Helens, Merseyside.
Like Lee, the 48-year-old, thought someone was pulling his leg when he discovered he was a winner in the lottery - that’s a lifeline for our Armed Forces.
“The fact that my monthly £10 membership helps give veterans in need a better life makes me feel so proud and that, coupled with the fact that I’ve got a bit more money in the bank, is an absolute bonus,” said Jason.