A builder who became a multi-millionaire after bagging a £105m Euromillions jackpot has told his customers he will their jobs for free – as an early Christmas present.
Steve Thomson, from Selsey, West Sussex, promised to go back to work in a bid to ‘stay normal’ after becoming the ninth-biggest UK winner in the history of the European Lottery last month.
But he has since refused to charge several clients for jobs he has completed since the huge win, instead letting customers keep the money to buy Christmas presents with.
Mr Thomson, pictured with friend Neil Peet, was seen carrying boxes and driving in his old van. He has been completing building jobs for his customers for free, so that they have extra cash to spend on Christmas
Steve Thomson 42, and his shop-assistant wife Lenka, 41, from Selsey in West Sussex, became the ninth-biggest winner in the history of the National Lottery last month
The 42-year-old recently finished installing a conservatory for one of his neighbours in Selsey last week, but didn’t charge her for the work.
‘He didn’t charge. It shows he’s a top bloke, a decent man,’ the neighbour, who did not want to be named, told the Sun.
‘We didn’t ask him about the win because he’s probably had enough of talking about it. I think it’s quite nice for him to be able to work still because it takes his mind off the pressures of what to do with the money.’
The neighbour added that Steve was still using his old yellow work van, as ‘he intends to complete outstanding jobs and stop working’ so doesn’t see the point of buying a new one.
Mr Thomson is pictured in Selsey last Tuesday sorting out jobs with his business partner
The British winners of the £105 million EuroMillions jackpot have been named as 42-year-old builder Steve Thomson and his wife Lenka, 41, from Selsey, West Sussex
Mr Thomson, who has been playing the lottery regularly for 25 years, promised to help the local community and told customers: ‘Don’t worry, I’ll hold to it and get all my jobs done!’
His wife Lenka Thomson, who has three children with Steven, has already quit her job at a convenience store near their home in Selsey, West Sussex.
They plan to buy a new home so that their two sons aged 10 and 15, and their daughter, eight, can each have their own bedroom – making their living conditions, ‘a bit more harmonious’.
Mr Thomson bought the winning ticket at Pretty’s Newsagent and post office, next door to the East Beach Stores where his wife Lenka works. She has since quit her job
Their 10-year-old son has already asked for a Tesla car, while their eight-year-old daughter has asked for a pink iPhone.
Mr Thomson told Mirror Online that the jackpot set him on an ’emotional rollercoaster’ he described as ‘very stressful’ and leaving him struggling to sleep. He said that going back to work part-time was his way of coping with the situation.
‘I feel normal and that’s how I want to stay,’ he said. ‘I’m trying to finish some jobs before Christmas.
‘I won’t be able to finish all of them, but I’m doing what I can between meetings.’
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Here are the ten previous UK winners of the EuroMillions draw so far
1. A UK ticket-holder won the £170 million EuroMillions jackpot in October, making them the UK’s biggest winner. They chose to remain anonymous.
2. In July 2011, Colin and Chris Weir became Europe’s biggest lottery winners when they scooped more than £161million.
The couple, who have been married for 30 years, said they were ‘not scared’ of the wealth because they were going to have ‘so much fun’ with the money.
The pair, a retired TV cameraman and a retired psychiatric nurse, from Largs, in Ayrshire, said their children Carly, a photography student, and Jamie, a call centre worker, would be bought their own homes and cars.
The family made a £1million donation to the SNP shortly after winning.
Colin and Chris Weir became Europe’s biggest lottery winners when they scooped more than £161million in 2011
3. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012.
The marriage ended just 15 months into their new jackpot winning lives, citing the stress of the money as the reason they needed to split.
At the time, a spokesman for Mrs Bayford said: ‘Gillian Bayford confirms that her marriage to Adrian has broken down irretrievably and they have separated.’
It came after Mrs Bayford was forced to deny she had an affair with the couple’s gardener, Chris Tovey.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012
4. An anonymous ticket-holder took home £123m in July
5. Patrick and Frances Connolly from County Armagh scooped the entire £115million EuroMillions jackpot on New Year’s Day 2019
6. An unnamed ticket-holder claimed just over £113million in October 2010, and chose not go public.
7. Neil Trotter, from south London, won nearly £108million, going from former car mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014.
Neighbours in Croydon described he and partner Nicky Ottaway moved out ‘almost overnight’ after they scooped the EuroMillions jackpot last March.
Mr Trotter admitted at the time that he was like his namesake, Del Boy Trotter from Only Fools And Horses.
Neil Trotter, with partner Nicky Ottaway, won nearly £108million, going from former car mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014
8. A couple from Cambridgeshire, Dave and Angela Dawes, won more than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions draw in October 2011.
Mr Dawes said he ‘didn’t sleep a wink’ the night of the win, as it was too late to call Camelot after the couple checked their numbers.
Last year, the couple were taken to court by his son, an Afghanistan veteran, Michael Dawes, 32, who said he was ‘ungenerous in spirit’.
But a judge ruled the millionaire father does not need to keep bailing out his son, who burnt through £1.6million in two years, and came back for more, failing to heed his stepmother’s advice to stop eating at the Ritz and go to McDonald’s instead.
Cheers to that! Steve and Lenka Thomson pose with their life-changing cheque
9. Self-employed builder Steve Thomson, 42, and his wife Lenka, 41, from Selsey, West Sussex, are named as the winners of the £105 million EuroMillions jackpot.
10. A UK winner got a £93 million payout in June 2015, but decided to remain anonymous.
Dave and Angela Dawes won more than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions draw in October 2011
11. The Davies from Wales family won £61million on the EuroMillions in 2016
Stephanie Davies, 23 is said to have ‘reluctantly’ purchased the ticket at the time after her mother Sonia called her from Florida begging her to go out and buy one.
Keith Reynolds, Sonia Davies, Stephanie, Courtney Davies and Steve Powell all scooped money on the jackpot and said they were the ‘luckiest people’ on the planet to have won.
12. Single mother Bev Doran from Shipley wins £14million in 2017
After Bev won the prize it meant she was able to buy her dream home for her and her family.
Bev, who is a carer for her two children who have autism had previously lived in a council house before her win.