Army veteran wins £25,000 in the Veterans' Lottery rollover

An Army veteran has scooped the £25,000 rollover jackpot in the national Veterans’ Lottery…on the same day that he lost his job.

Simon Parker, who served in the British Army for 11 years, admitted he thought it was a ‘wind up’ when he was informed that he’d won the £5,000 top monthly prize along with the additional £20,000 rollover pot.

The 29-year-old, who lives in the Wirral, has been playing the national Veterans’ Lottery for nine months and was about to go job hunting when he won the top prize in the lotto, that’s a lifeline for the Armed Forces and veterans in need.

“I’d just found out that I’d been made redundant at my job in the catering industry,” said Simon.

“I was just beginning to process the fact that there was going to be no money coming in and then the phone rang.

“At first I thought it was one of my mates winding me up. I just couldn’t believe my luck.

"It was a shock when the lady on the phone told me I'd won £5,000, but I must admit to uttering a few choice words when she revealed that my number had matched that of the rollover jackpot.

“Me and my mum were joking about what we’d do if we won the £25,000 jackpot and just a few days later I did.

“I’d have been in a much tougher place it I hadn’t received that call and I have to thank the Veterans’ Foundation.”

Simon has bought himself a new car with his winnings, but has selflessly shared some of his money with friends and family.

One of these is a veteran who is like thousands of other ex-servicemen and women who continues to struggle with life after service.

“Winning this money has let me help out the people who I really care about. I have a friend who is a homeless veteran and it’s great to be able to help out with a bit of cash in the lead up to Christmas.

“I’m also going to give some money back to military charities and treat everyone to better Christmas presents that they would have got if I hadn’t been so jammy.

Simon is of the opinion that there is nowhere near enough help and support available to veterans when they leave the forces.

He says that playing the Veterans’ Lottery is one of the best ways to donate money directly to military charities who both change and even save the lives of veterans in need.

“I found out about the Veterans’ Lottery via Facebook and it was so easy to find real examples of where the lottery money goes, which is really important to me because it’s great to know exactly where my £10 per month is going,” Simon continued.

“The great thing about being a part of this is that not only does your money help veterans in need, but it also gives you a chance of winning something in return. It really does feel great to be a part of something that’s doing so much good for veterans and I’m not just saying that because I’ve just won £25,000."

Another proud player of the national Veterans' Lottery who's also celebrating is Tadge Owczarek, from Sheffield, who won £2,000 in the VF October draw.

You could also win £25,000 in the November draw!