Builder, 42, and his Slovakian shop assistant wife scoop life-changing £105 MILLION Euromillions jackpot to become 9th biggest UK winners but tell three children ‘if you want something you’ll have to earn it’
- Steve Thomson is the ninth-biggest winner in the history of the National Lottery
- 42-year-old builder and his wife Lenka, 41, are from from Selsey, West Sussex
- Couple are now wealthier than Gareth Bale, Emma Watson and Ronnie Wood
- ‘Hard-working’ couple using the win to transform the lives of their whole family
- Ticket won £105,100,701.90 on 25th anniversary of National Lottery first draw
A builder and his wife have today been named as the winners of the £105 million EuroMillions jackpot.
Steve Thomson 42, and his wife Lenka, 41, from Selsey in West Sussex have become the ninth-biggest winner in the history of the National Lottery.
Mr Thomson said that when he realised he had won that he felt he was ‘on the verge of having a heart attack’.
The couple are now wealthier than Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, Emma Watson and Ronnie Wood.
The couple revealed they met while working at a campsite in Selsey 17 years ago, and have been married for 13 years.
Mother-of-three Mrs Thomson works in a Premier newsagents in the West Sussex town while her husband has promised to complete his jobs before Christmas.
Mr Thomson, who has been playing the lottery regularly for 25 years, said: ‘I’m not hanging up my toolbelt just yet. I’ve still got jobs to do before Christmas – don’t worry, I’ll hold to it and get it done.’
Their single ticket won £105,100,701.90 on November 19, the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery’s first draw.
The British winners of the £105 million EuroMillions jackpot have been named as 42-year-old builder Steve Thomson and his wife Lenka, 41, from Selsey, West Sussex
Mr Thomson said that when he realised he had won that he felt he was ‘on the verge of having a heart attack’
Their single ticket won £105,100,701.90 on November 19, the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery ‘s first draw
Mr Thomson added: ‘The thought of sitting around doing nothing – I couldn’t do that, I’m not that sort of person. But after Christmas I might not be taking on too much more in the near future.’
He said: ‘I started shaking a lot. I knew it was a really big win but didn’t know what to do. I think I was on the verge of having a heart attack.’
The father-of-three said he would not be giving up his job as a builder immediately and added: ‘Once I am over the shock I will need to keep doing something, I am not the type just to sit still. My business partner knows that if he needs a hand, I’ll be there.’
National Lottery operator Camelot said the ‘hard-working’ couple, who are joint winners, are using the win to transform the lives of their whole family.
Mother-of-three Mrs Thomson works in a Premier newsagents in the West Sussex town
The prize was the sixth EuroMillions jackpot banked in the UK this year.
A UK ticket-holder won the £170 million jackpot in October, making them the UK’s biggest winner.
The previous biggest UK winners were Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in North Ayrshire, who won £161 million in July 2011.
A £123 million jackpot was won by a UK ticket-holder in June and a UK winner scooped £38 million on the EuroMillions in April.
Ade Goodchild, from Hereford, bagged £71 million on March 15 and Patrick and Frances Connolly, from Northern Ireland, won £114.9 million on New Year’s Day.