Euromillions jackpot winner: Going back to work as builder helped me cope


EUROMILLIONS jackpot winner Steve Thomson cheerfully unloads his van and gets to work – saying it makes him “feel normal”.

Despite having a whopping £105million in the bank, the 42-year-old has refused to pack in his job as a self-employed builder. 

Instead he has been lugging around heavy window frames and other materials to finish tasks he had promised to customers before his win. 

The father of three from Selsey, West Sussex, said: “I feel normal and that’s how I want to stay.

“I’m trying to finish some jobs before Christmas. I’m not going to be able to finish all of them but I’m doing what I can. I can’t go back on my word.” Steve revealed that the pressure of his massive sudden good fortune had brought him stress. 

He said: “I’m still not sleeping, I’m still not eating properly. It’s a lot to take in. 

“It has been very stressful – it’s like an emotional rollercoaster.”

Steve and wife Lenka, 41, went public last month as the overjoyed winners of the ninth-biggest Euromillions jackpot, scooping an incredible £105,100,701.90. 

Lenka quit her job at a convenience store near their home in the seaside town.

But Steve is determined to keep his feet on the ground. All he has bought since his win is a modest second-hand car for his family, saying flashy supermotors are a “waste of money”. 

He and Lenka plan to swap their £120,000 three-bed terrace for a bigger home so their sons, aged 10 and 15, and daughter, eight, can have bedrooms of their own.

But he added: “I just want everyone to be happy at Christmas then I can start dealing with things. 

“We haven’t even had a chance to buy presents yet. It’s crazy. 

“My main priority is Christmas, then trying to find somewhere to live. And then my commitments are family, friends and community.”


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