Glenrothes ex-soldier wins top prize in veterans’ charity lottery

A Glenrothes former soldier has scooped £5000 in a lottery set up to fundraise for veterans.

Tuesday, 1st March 2022, 8:08 am

John Johnston won the top prize in the January draw of the Veterans’ Lottery.

The fundraiser is run by the Veterans Foundation.

John - better known to many as Ian - spent 24 years in the Black Watch regiment, serving all over the world from Northern Ireland to Canada, Hong Kong and Cyprus.

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John Johnston with his lottery cheque

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The 63-year old discovered his windfall after returning from a game of golf.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it; I was shell shocked.

“You don’t think it’ll ever happen to you – it’s just an amazing feeling!”

John began playing the Veterans’ Lottery in August 2021.

He added: “I used to be a funeral director and I’ve buried many other Black Watch soldiers, young lads killed in service, so it really brings it home you know

“The ex-military guys I play golf with, they’ve all said they’ll sign up to help too.”

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