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US News Back to grind! Builder who won £105m Lotto jackpot is pictured heading off to fulfill promises of finishing customers' jobs despite becoming Britain's ninth-biggest winner

12:35  09 december  2019
12:35  09 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A builder who won the £ 105 million EuroMillions jackpot has been spotted fulfilling his promise to go back to work. Self-employed Steve Thomson 42, and his shop-assistant wife Lenka, 41, from Selsey in West Sussex, became the ninth - biggest winner in the history of the National Lottery last month.

Steve Thomson, 42, is spotted sorting out his jobs last Tuesday in Selsey, West Sussex. © splashnews.com/Associated Newspapers Ltd Steve Thomson, 42, is spotted sorting out his jobs last Tuesday in Selsey, West Sussex.

A builder who won the £105 million EuroMillions jackpot has been spotted fulfilling his promise to go back to work.

Self-employed Steve Thomson, 42, and his shop-assistant wife Lenka, 41, from Selsey in West Sussex, became the ninth-biggest winner in the history of the National Lottery last month. 

Mr Thomson, who has been playing the lottery regularly for 25 years, promised to help the local community and told customers: 'Don't worry, I'll hold to it and get all my jobs done!'

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A builder who won the £ 105 million EuroMillions jackpot has been spotted fulfilling his promise to go back to work. Self-employed Steve Thomson 42, and his shop-assistant wife Lenka, 41, from Selsey in West Sussex, became the ninth - biggest winner in the history of the National Lottery last month.

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And he was seen fulfilling that promise last Tuesday by carrying boxes and driving in his old van, The Sun reported. 

a man standing next to a brick wall: Mr Thomson, pictured with friend Neil Peet, was seen carrying boxes and driving in his old van © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Thomson, pictured with friend Neil Peet, was seen carrying boxes and driving in his old van Mrs Thomson, who is originally from Slovakia, works in a Premier newsagents and met her husband while working at a campsite 17 years ago, tying the knot four years later.

They plan to buy a new home so that their two sons aged ten and 15, and their daughter, eight, can each have their own bedroom - making their living conditions 'a bit more harmonious'.

Their ten-year-old son has already asked for a Tesla car, while their eight-year-old daughter has asked for a pink iPhone. 

a person sitting in front of a brick building: Mr Thomson had earlier told customers: 'Don't worry, I'll hold to it and get all my jobs done!' © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Thomson had earlier told customers: 'Don't worry, I'll hold to it and get all my jobs done!' The couple, who met at the Bunn Leisure campsite at Warner Farm, Selsey, are now wealthier than singer Harry Styles and Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. 

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Mr Thomson only realised he had won as he waited to be picked up for work three days after the draw was made.

a man standing in front of a brick building: Mr Thomson is pictured in Selsey last Tuesday sorting out jobs with his business partner © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Thomson is pictured in Selsey last Tuesday sorting out jobs with his business partner 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.' 

a van parked on the side of a building: Mr Thomson's van is seen in Selsey on Tuesday as he finishes the jobs he had already started © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Thomson's van is seen in Selsey on Tuesday as he finishes the jobs he had already started He said his parents refused to believe he had scooped the jackpot, telling him: 'We'll believe it when we see it.' 

Mr Thomson said: 'Now they believe it.'

a person standing next to a tree: Steve Thomson 42, and his shop-assistant wife Lenka, 41, from Selsey in West Sussex, became the ninth-biggest winner in the history of the National Lottery last month © Provided by Daily Mail Steve Thomson 42, and his shop-assistant wife Lenka, 41, from Selsey in West Sussex, became the ninth-biggest winner in the history of the National Lottery last month Mrs Thomson asked her husband for a Christmas holiday when she thought they had won £105,000 - before learning she was a millionaire. 

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She said the money would make their annual trips to Slovakia to visit her family, 'a lot more affordable.'

She added: 'Our annual holiday has always been to see my family in Slovakia and each year we start saving for the next one as soon as we come home.

a group of people standing in a grass field posing for the camera: Mr Thomson only realised he had won as he waited to be picked up for work three days after the draw was made © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Thomson only realised he had won as he waited to be picked up for work three days after the draw was made '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.'

Mr Thomson added: 'Everyone is going to have a good Christmas. 

'Not sure what we are going to do, I am not cooking, Mum is not cooking, Lenka is not cooking. Christmas will be good this year, it really will.'

Describing the moment he realised he had won, Mr Thomson said: 'I was a shaking, gibbering wreck. I walked round the living room a few times, I went out to the van, I went back in, it was five minutes of madness then I decided to go and tell Lenka.'

Mr Thomson pledged to be 'sensibly generous' with his windfall and added: 'It's so much money, I am going to be generous. I live in a small village, I do not want to leave the village, whatever I can do for the village, I will.

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a person holding a sign: Mr Thomson, who has been playing the lottery regularly for 25 years, promised to help the local community and told customers: 'Don't worry, I'll hold to it and get all my jobs done!' © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Thomson, who has been playing the lottery regularly for 25 years, promised to help the local community and told customers: 'Don't worry, I'll hold to it and get all my jobs done!'

'I have to be sensibly generous. I still can't get my head around it, one (million) would have done but I have got 105, it's just amazing.'

He added: '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.' 

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Father-of-three Mr Thomson said he would not be giving up his job as a builder immediately, adding: '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.' 

'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 also said he had struggled to eat and sleep in recent days, joking: 'I've been counting a lot of sheep!'

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Describing his children's reactions, Mr Thomson said: 'My eldest's reaction, he's a very sensible kid, he said, 'Dad, can I have my own room?'. I said, 'No problem, of course you can son'.

'My middle son said, 'Can I have a Tesla', and my daughter asked for a pink iPhone and she's going to get that.'

Mr Thomson said he decided to go public so he did not have to hide and added: 'I am not going to flutter it away, at the end of the day I am still Steve, I do not want to change, we are just financially better off and so will a number of other people.'

people around each other: Mrs Thomson, who is originally from Slovakia, works in a Premier newsagents and met her husband while working at a campsite 17 years ago, tying the knot four years later © Provided by Daily Mail Mrs Thomson, who is originally from Slovakia, works in a Premier newsagents and met her husband while working at a campsite 17 years ago, tying the knot four years later

He added that he would complete all of his outstanding jobs fitting windows and conservatories. 

Mr Thomson bought the winning ticket at Pretty's Newsagent and post office, next door to the East Beach Stores where his wife works.

Owner Kandarp Patel, who has run the newsagent for 15 years, said it was the first time they had had a really big winner since he and his wife, Priti, began offering the lottery eight years ago.

a bus that is parked on the side of a building © Provided by Daily Mail He said: 'It's the luck of the draw, being in the right time at the right place and they're very lucky. 

'They are regular lottery players and come in to buy tickets every week. [Steve] came in after the draw on Thursday for a print out of the winning numbers. 

'I said: 'Here you go, are those your winning numbers for the £105million jackpot' and he said: 'No Kan, if I win it then I'll let you know.' 

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a sign above a store: Mr Thomson bought the winning ticket at Pretty's Newsagent and post office, next door to the East Beach Stores where his wife works © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Thomson bought the winning ticket at Pretty's Newsagent and post office, next door to the East Beach Stores where his wife works

'He just walked off. He obviously didn't know at the time that he had the winning numbers so it must have come as a big, big shock.' 

His wife, Priti Patel, who sold Mr Thomson the ticket last Tuesday said: 'Gosh, I'm so delighted. It's amazing. The biggest winner we've up to now is £5,000 a few years back. Hopefully we're a lucky shop and people will come to buy tickets here. We're so pleased.' 

a person standing in front of a store: Owner Kandarp Patel, who has run the newsagent for 15 years, said it was the first time they had had a really big winner. He said [I told Mr Thomson]: 'Here you go, are those your winning numbers for the £105million jackpot' and he said: 'No Kan, if I win it then I'll let you know.' 'He just walked off. He obviously didn't know at the time that he had the winning numbers so it must have come as a big, big shock' © Provided by Daily Mail Owner Kandarp Patel, who has run the newsagent for 15 years, said it was the first time they had had a really big winner. He said [I told Mr Thomson]: 'Here you go, are those your winning numbers for the £105million jackpot' and he said: 'No Kan, if I win it then I'll let you know.' 'He just walked off. He obviously didn't know at the time that he had the winning numbers so it must have come as a big, big shock' Neighbour Cliff Gordon said: 'They are such a lovely couple and they work ever so hard so they completely deserve it - I'm so pleased for them. 

'They are quite a shy couple but they always say hello and their kids - they've got three - are very pleasant. 

'They've lived here quite a long time but they are well-liked and respected. It's amazing he went into work the day after he found out he'd won. I don't think I would have done the same thing in that position.' 

Mr Thomson, who runs Selsey Conservatories and Home Improvements, lives five minutes walk from the home of his parents, Peter and Kathleen, in Selsey.  

a couple of people sitting posing for the camera © Provided by Daily Mail

Yvonne Dennett, who lives near the winner's three-bedroom house. said Mr Thomson had installed windows at her home.

The 75-year-old said: 'He's a kind, good lad, I'm happy for them. I would recommend him as a builder, he's a trustworthy person. I hope he keeps working, we need something to keep going in life.' 

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Lucy Butlin, who lives a few doors along from Mr Thomson, his wife Lenka and their three children, said: 'I hope he stays, they're a nice family, no trouble at all.'

She said Mr Thomson had fitted windows at her work and added: 'As a fitter he's perfect, I would recommend him - if he's carrying on.'

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Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: 'It couldn't happen to a nicer couple - congratulations to them. If they have any sense they will get away from here.'

Another neighbour added: 'Steve is such a hard worker. He's run his business for many years and he's really well-respected around here. Lovely guy and his wife is lovely too. They're a really solid couple. It really couldn't happen to two nicer people.'

a couple of people that are standing in the grass: More of where that came from: The pair will no doubt be splashing out on some more champagne in the coming days © Provided by Daily Mail More of where that came from: The pair will no doubt be splashing out on some more champagne in the coming days

Their single ticket won £105,100,701.90 on November 19, the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery's first draw. 

They won on the numbers 08, 10, 15, 30 and 42, and the Lucky Stars digits 04 and 06. 

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.

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 group of people posing for the camera: The couple's excitement was evident as they were revealed as the winners © Provided by Daily Mail The couple's excitement was evident as they were revealed as the winners

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.

Andy Carter, senior winners' adviser at the National Lottery, said on Saturday: 'What a way to celebrate 25 years of the National Lottery.

'This is the sixth massive EuroMillions jackpot win in 2019 and follows the nation's biggest ever win of £170 million just last month.

'We now focus on supporting the ticket-holder as they start to enjoy their newfound wealth.

'There is another chance to win big tonight with a £25 million must-be-won Lotto jackpot up for grabs. Make sure you have a ticket to be in with a chance to win big.'

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Here are the ten previous UK winners of the EuroMillions draw so far

1. A UK ticket-holder won the £170 million EuroMillions jackpot in October, making them the UK's biggest winner. They chose to remain anonymous.

2. In July 2011, Colin and Chris Weir became Europe's biggest lottery winners when they scooped more than £161million.

The couple, who have been married for 30 years, said they were 'not scared' of the wealth because they were going to have 'so much fun' with the money.

The pair, a retired TV cameraman and a retired psychiatric nurse, from Largs, in Ayrshire, said their children Carly, a photography student, and Jamie, a call centre worker, would be bought their own homes and cars.

a couple of people that are sitting next to a person: The couple's excitement was evident as they were revealed as the winners © Provided by Daily Mail The couple's excitement was evident as they were revealed as the winners The family made a £1million donation to the SNP shortly after winning.

3. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012.

The marriage ended just 15 months into their new jackpot winning lives, citing the stress of the money as the reason they needed to split.

At the time, a spokesman for Mrs Bayford said: 'Gillian Bayford confirms that her marriage to Adrian has broken down irretrievably and they have separated.'

It came after Mrs Bayford was forced to deny she had an affair with the couple's gardener, Chris Tovey. 

4. An anonymous ticket-holder took home £123m in July

5. Patrick and Frances Connolly from County Armagh scooped the entire £115million EuroMillions jackpot on New Year's Day 2019

6. An unnamed ticket-holder claimed just over £113million in October 2010, and chose not go public. 

7. Neil Trotter, from south London, won nearly £108million, going from former car mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014.

Neighbours in Croydon described he and partner Nicky Ottaway moved out 'almost overnight' after they scooped the EuroMillions jackpot last March.

Mr Trotter admitted at the time that he was like his namesake, Del Boy Trotter from Only Fools And Horses.

8. A couple from Cambridgeshire, Dave and Angela Dawes, won more than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions draw in October 2011.

Mr Dawes said he 'didn't sleep a wink' the night of the win, as it was too late to call Camelot after the couple checked their numbers.

Last year, the couple were taken to court by his son, an Afghanistan veteran, Michael Dawes, 32, who said he was 'ungenerous in spirit'.

But a judge ruled the millionaire father does not need to keep bailing out his son, who burnt through £1.6million in two years, and came back for more, failing to heed his stepmother's advice to stop eating at the Ritz and go to McDonald's instead.

Angela Groothuizen holding a sign: Cheers to that! Steve and Lenka Thomson pose with their life-changing cheque © Provided by Daily Mail Cheers to that! Steve and Lenka Thomson pose with their life-changing cheque

9. Self-employed builder Steve Thomson, 42, and his wife Lenka, 41, from Selsey, West Sussex, are named as the winners of the £105 million EuroMillions jackpot.

10. A UK winner got a £93 million payout in June 2015, but decided to remain anonymous.

11. The Davies from Wales family won £61million on the EuroMillions in 2016

Stephanie Davies, 23 is said to have 'reluctantly' purchased the ticket at the time after her mother Sonia called her from Florida begging her to go out and buy one.

Keith Reynolds, Sonia Davies, Stephanie, Courtney Davies and Steve Powell all scooped money on the jackpot and said they were the 'luckiest people' on the planet to have won.

12. Single mother Bev Doran from Shipley wins £14million in 2017

After Bev won the prize it meant she was able to buy her dream home for her and her family.

Bev, who is a carer for her two children who have autism had previously lived in a council house before her win.

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Irish punter has just 13 more days to claim €500,000 EuroMillions prize .
The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased on the day of the draw, Tuesday 1 October.The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased on the day of the draw, Tuesday 1 October, at the Mace store in the Kilbarrack shopping centre in Dublin 5.

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