Tue, 1 Feb | News
Builder Wins Big on EuroMillions
A builder, who only checked his ticket as his colleague was running late for a job, has been revealed as the ninth-biggest winner in the history of the National Lottery.
42-year-old Steve Thomson, from Selsey, West Sussex, won a £105m EuroMillions jackpot, a life-changing sum for his young family.
Steve and his wife, who have three children, said they are still gob-smacked by the prize, which Mr Thomson only discovered while waiting to be picked up for work three days after the draw had taken place.
The winning numbers were numbers 8, 10, 15, 30 and 42, and the Lucky Stars digits 4 and 6.
He said: "I am not sure I even looked at the first two lines, the third one just jumped out and I could instantly tell they all matched. I started shaking a lot. I knew it was a really big win but didn't know what to do.
"I went out to my van, walked back in, thought about knocking on a neighbour's door, went back to the van - I think I was on the verge of having a heart attack."
Mr Thomson’s kids have already made some cheeky requests, including a Tesla for his 10-year-old son and a somewhat more realistic pink iPhone for his eight-year-old daughter.
His wife Lenka made an early request for a Christmas holiday - before realising she had missed a few very important zeroes off the winning amount and thought the prize was £105,000.
She said the money would make it much more affordable to make annual trips to Slovakia to visit her family.
She added: "Not only can I treat my family and see them more often, but we can also look to have other holidays, perhaps somewhere hot with a beach."
Lenka was a student in the UK when the couple first met at a leisure centre, they have since been together for 17 years, having two sons, aged 15 and 10, and a daughter aged eight.
Mr Thomson said: "To be able to give our children a bedroom each is a big thing, so we have been looking for a house.
"We will stay locally but somewhere with some space. I would like to build our own place eventually but we've been looking at houses online for now. We will also support our families by buying them houses."