By Kelly Wickham
A builder from Selsey said he thought he was on the verge of having a heart attack when he found out he had won the jackpot in a EuroMillions draw.
The lottery draw from Tuesday, November 19, saw the family an amazing £105,100,701.90 better off.
The family won on the 25th birthday of The National Lottery and were the ninth biggest winners in the country.
Steve Thomson, 42, discovered the win while waiting to be picked up for work on Friday, November 22. The self-employed builder only checked his ticket as his work partner was running late.
Sat at home alone, he wasn’t aware that a UK winner had banked the giant jackpot when he scanned down his three lines comparing them to the winning numbers.
Steve 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.”
Steve decided that he had to tell his wife and quickly drove to the local shop where Lenka, 41, works.
She said: “As soon as he walked in I thought something was wrong and he said he had to talk to me immediately.”
The couple sat in Steve’s works van and he shakily handed Lenka the ticket. She checked it and then scanned it using the National Lottery App and was overjoyed to see what she thought was a £105,000 win.
Immediately asking if they could go away somewhere for Christmas, Steve had to point out the win was far more than that.
The couple then both went off to work for the day promising to sort it all out later in the day and Steve put the winning ticket back in his wallet.
It was a long weekend for the couple after calling Camelot to confirm the win, with both Steve and Lenka admitting it had been tough to sleep and keep the news quiet. Lenka has even found herself awake and washing up in the middle of the night. They told their family and close friends but then wanted to fully enjoy their win by sharing the news with everyone.
Steve said: “It would be so difficult to live a lie and not tell anyone about the win, especially with the fact we can both stop working and move house.”
However, conscientious builder Steve has promised not to leave any of his clients or his partner 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 have been together for 17 years, met while working at a leisure complex in Selsey. Both say that this win is all about family.
Steve said: “The children haven’t asked for much at all. His own room will be everything to our eldest son, who is 15. Our other son did ask for a Tesla but he is only ten. And our daughter, who is eight, has her sights firmly set on a pink iPhone.”
Steve bought his winning ticket from East Beach PO and Candy Store in Selsey and the winning EuroMillions numbers from the draw were 08, 10, 15, 30, 42 and the Lucky Stars numbers were 04 and 06.