Sussex builder wins 'life-changing' £105m Euromillions jackpot

Mr and Mrs Thompson say a new house is top of the list

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A builder who has become £105 million richer has said “Christmas will be good this year” following his Euromillions jackpot win - but he said he won’t give up the day job.

Father-of-three Steve Thomson said he was a “shaking, gibbering wreck” when he realised his Lucky Dip ticket showed the winning numbers to claim the £105,100,701.90 prize.

The 42-year-old and his wife Lenka said their top priority is buying a new house with a bedroom for each of their three children, who currently share in the family’s “shoebox” three-bedroom home in Selsey, West Sussex.

Mr Thompson said his “sensible” eldest son asked for his own room, his middle son said “can I have a Tesla” and his daughter asked for a pink iPhone.

He continued: “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.”

Mrs Thomson, a shop worker originally from Slovakia, said: “It's life-changing for the family. It's so emotional.”

Her husband also pledged to be “sensibly generous” with his windfall, adding: “I live in a small village, I do not want to leave the village, whatever I can do for the village, I will.”

Mr Thomson said he decided to go public so he did not have to hide, adding that he still plans to complete all of his outstanding jobs fitting windows and conservatories.

He said: “Once I am over the shock I will need to keep doing something. I am not the type just to sit still.”

Mr Thomson's winning ticket had the numbers 08, 10, 15, 30 and 42 with Lucky Stars 04 and 06, and was bought at East Beach Post Office and Candy Store in Selsey.

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