A Borehamwood resident has scooped a £35,000 jackpot in the Veterans' Foundation Lottery.

Barbara Hunt says she is "ecstatic" after bagging the 5,000 monthly first prize as well as the more lucrative £30,000 rollover jackpot.

Barbara has been playing the Veterans lottery after she was inspired by a conversation she had when she was in hospital for the birth of her son.

She said: "Many years ago, when my son was born, I was in hospital with a girl and her husband was very badly burned on the Sir Galahad (ship) during the Falklands War.

"From then on, I’ve always been wanting to help if I can, in a small way. I don’t think people understand fully what needs veterans have."

Barbara is also motivated to play this particular lottery, which directly helps ex-servicemen and women all over the UK, because her father flew Lancaster bombers during the Second World War, while both of her grandfathers also fought for their country.

After her October win, the 71-year-old said: "The word I would use to describe winning the Veterans’ Lottery would be ecstatic.

"Quite honestly, I thought it was a fraud at the time. So, I went on the website and found out that it was true, I’d actually won £35,000.

"The emotion that I felt when I found out was one of shock actually, disbelief and euphoria. I was just very, very happy."