The £105m Lottery winners have been revealed as parents of three Lenka and Steve Thomson. A UK couple who won an incredible £105 million on the EuroMillions jackpot have been identified as builder and shop assistant Steve and Lenka Thomson from Selsey, West Sussex.
The pair, who have three young children, were virtually speechless during a press conference where they spoke about their reaction to winning the massive prize on November 19.
The nine-figure jackpot marked the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery’s first draw. Mr Thompson who works as a builder, says he was so shocked after discovering he had matched all seven numbers he was on the ‘verge of having a heart attack’.
He said he only bothered to check his ticket when a colleague who was picking him up for work was running late.
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.’
Despite raking in millions, he has vowed to keep on painting and said he won’t keep any of his clients in the lurch. He said: ‘I would have got all my jobs done by Christmas if this hadn’t happened!
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 couple, who live in a small terrace house, say their first plan is to buy a bigger home so their two sons, age eight and 15, can have their own rooms. However, they won’t be moving far away and are passionate about spending money on their local community.
‘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’ Mr Thomson said. ‘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’ he added.
The couple immediately shared the news with their family – but have now decided to come public They said they hope to keep their children’s feet ‘on the ground’ and admitted their three kids – aged eight to 15, hadn’t asked for much.
However, their youngest daughter, who is 8, has ‘her sights firmly set on a pink iPhone’ while their 10-year-old wants a Telsa. Ms Thomson, who is from Slovakia, said it was unlikely her family would move to the UK after the win.
However she said the money would make their annual trips to her home country a lot more affordable. She said: ‘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.’
Ms Thomson was studying in the UK when the couple first met at a local leisure centre in Selsey, south of Chichester, and they have been together for 17 years.
Their win is the fourth time this year a UK ticket holder has scooped up the Euromillions prize. In June an unknown winner claimed £123m, and in January a couple from Northern Ireland won £115m.
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