The National Lottery in the UK recently celebrated 25 years of making breast implants, yachts, mansions, and celebratory resignation letters happen.
The latest winner took home the ninth-largest prize in the history of the EuroMillions.
It’s always nice when the winner is someone who could really benefit from the money, and this builder, Steve Thomson, from West Sussex, has had his life changed forever.
Sky News – make us all jealous:
The winner of a £105m EuroMillions jackpot has been revealed as a builder who only checked his ticket because his colleague was running late for a job.
The 42-year-old and his wife, who have three school-age children, said they are still gob-smacked by their prize, which was only discovered while Mr Thomson waited to be picked up for work three days after the draw was made.
He says that when he realised that all the numbers matched up, he started shaking and 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.”
Mr Thomson has already had a few cheeky spending requests from his kids, including a Tesla for his 10-year-old son and a somewhat more modest pink iPhone for his eight-year-old daughter.
His wife Lenka made an early request for a Christmas holiday – but at that stage she had missed a few zeroes off the winning total and thought the prize was £105,000.
Bless them. They clearly have no idea how much he won.
Mr Thomson said: “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. 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.”
Lovely. He also says that he won’t leave his current clients stranded and will finish up any building projects he’s working on.
He’s a better person than me. I would have ‘peaced out’ as soon the cash was in my account.
If you’d like to try your hand at winning, we put together some handy stats that could help you out.
Who knows, a new iPhone and Tesla could be in your future.
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