EuroMillions winner: Builder who scooped £105m jackpot vows to keep working

A builder who said he felt he was “on the verge of having a heart attack” after winning a £105 million EuroMillions jackpot says he plans to keep on working.

The British winners of the jackpot have been named as 42-year-old builder Steve Thomson and his wife Lenka, 41, from Selsey, West Sussex.

Mr Thomson said when he realised he had won he felt he was "on the verge of having a heart attack".

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."

Self-employed builder Steve Thomson, right, and his wife Lenka, from Selsey, West Sussex, have won £105 million (Picture: PA)

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."

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The couple’s ticket won £105,100,701.90 on November 19, the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery’s first draw.

The couple said the priority would be buying a new house with a bedroom each for their daughter and their two sons, who currently share in a "shoebox" three-bedroom house.

Mr Thomson said: "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."

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.

Lenka and Steve Thomson celebrate their £105 million EuroMillions win at the Hilton Avisford Park, Walberton, West Sussex (Picture: PA)

"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."

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

She said the priority was getting a house with a room for each of the children as well as a holiday.

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 for the draw on the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery on November 19.

The prize was the sixth EuroMillions jackpot banked in the UK this year.

The UK’s biggest EuroMillions winners

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.

Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, won £148 million in August 2012.

Ade Goodchild, 58, a factory worker from Hereford celebrates after scooping £71 million in a EuroMillions draw (Picture: PA)
Frances Connolly and Patrick Connolly, from Moira in Northern Ireland, who scooped the £115 million EuroMillions jackpot on New Year's Day (Picture: PA)

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.

Patrick and Frances Connolly, from Northern Ireland, won £114.9 million on New Year’s Day.

Andrew Clark and his partner Trisha Fairhurst, from Boston, Lincolnshire, celebrate his £76 million EuroMillions jackpot win last year (Picture: PA)

Ade Goodchild, from Hereford, bagged £71 million on March 15.

Builder Andy Clark, 51, and his partner, Trisha Fairhurst, 52, from Boston, Lincolnshire, won £76 million on EuroMillions in December 2018. The couple got married last month.

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