THE FAMILY of jackpot winner Lenka Thomson were back at work in Slovakia yesterday – despite her massive £105million windfall.
Beaming dad, Jozef, 70, was up at the crack of dawn to open the family-owned car repair shop with his son, Rastislav, 42, in the tiny village of Rakova.
The pair repeatedly welcomed customers into their Auto Servis garage as temperatures plunged, before disappearing again under a car bonnet.
They paused only to raise a glass of bubbly with The Sun and to insist life would go on as normal after the mammoth £105,100,701.90 EuroMillions win.
Smiling Jozef, head of the Hromadka family, pottered around with a drill and then started work on a black Peugeot 407 before turning his attention to a white Mercedes.
Over 1,000 miles away in the UK his shopworker daughter, 41, and builder hubby Steve, 42, were continuing to celebrate as the seventh-biggest British winners of the draw.
The mum-of-three, of Slsey, West Sussex, has already been handed a list by their kids requesting a Tesla car, a pink iPhone and their own bedrooms.
But down-to-earth Lenka, a successful table tennis player who arrived in the UK in her early 20s, is careful with cash and has made no firm decisions.
Among her first purchases was a loaf of bread, her mum said.
But Lenka’s family will not be asking for a single penny, despite living off their means-tested Slovakian state pension and whatever earnings come in via the business.
Mum Gabriela, 67, laughed as she showed off the bags under her eyes after four days without sleep but was thrilled at the very mention of her daughter.
She said: “Yes, it’s a lot of money to win but nothing will change for us.
“We are happy here. Even if Lenka bought us a house in Britain or even a villa we wouldn’t leave.
“This is our home and always has been.
“We have woodland, rivers, streams and mountains around us.
“Our business does well and we are happy. That’s all we have ever wanted.
“Maybe Lenka, Steve and the children will visit more often. That would be nice.”
The Hromadka family have run the garage from their modest three-storey home for years.
They say some months are better than others with a typical service at the garage, including a change of all four tyres, costing just £25.
But despite their humble background the proud family insist they are happy and do not need any help from Lenka – and are not about to ask for it.
LOTTO LUCK EuroMillions winning builder, 42, ‘on the verge of a heart attack’ after £105m win and now his son, 10, wants a Tesla
BUILDER Steve Thomson admitted he was “on the verge of a heart attack” after realising he had scooped the £105m jackpot.
Steve Thomson, 42, and his Slovakian wife Lenka, 41, are overjoyed they can upgrade from their three-bedroom terraced house with their three children – and one has already asked for a Tesla.
Steve, from the village of Selsey, in West Sussex, said he “started shaking” when he realised he won the lucky dip on Friday.
The self-employed builder, who has been playing the lottery regularly for 25 years, said: “I started shaking a lot. I knew it was a really big win but didn’t know what to do.
“I think I was on the verge of having a heart attack.”
The father-of-three, who is now wealthier than Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, Emma Watson and Ronnie Wood, said he would not stop working as a builder immediately and will finish all his jobs before Christmas.
The couple, who have been together for 17 years, have said their lottery win is all about their family, but Steve has already told their kids if they want something “you’ll have to earn it”.
Jozef and Gabriela share the ground floor whilst Rastislav, his wife and two children, aged 11 and 13, occupy the two floors above.
Across the road is a tiny co-op. The nearest supermarket – a Lidl – is over three miles away.
But the village, which has a population of just 5,600, is lottery mad.
Locals can buy their tickets for the EuroMiliony (correct) at the nearby pub whilst sinking a pint with pals.
Until this week the most famous thing about the village was its production of vacuum tubes.
Lenka is now a household name in these parts.
Tee-total dad Jozef could not stop smiling as he raised a glass of champers in celebration.
He has handed the business he created to his son but the grandad-of-five continues to work 12 hour days.
His work ethic is matched by Lenka’s who left Slovakia at the end of the 90s in search of a brighter future in the UK.
Gabriela said: “It wasn’t easy at the start. She had very little money and we helped her out as much as we could, both financially and emotionally.
“Her first job was at Makro as a supervisor. She then got the job at Premier.
“It’s too early for them to make any decisions about their future.
“I just hope she doesn’t put the money under the duvet!”
Jozef said: “We’re extremely happy for Lenka, Steve and their three children. They work so hard and deserve it.
“They’ve never had it easy and until now never had a lot of money.
“Winning the lottery means they can relax and enjoy what life has to offer.
“When Lenka rang to tell us they had won we were just in complete shock.
“I wouldn’t believe it. I wanted it confirmed by the lottery company before I believed it.”
He went on to tell how Lenka returned to the village every year to visit family but had to save the cash to pay for the air fare.
Jozef added: “They always come here for a holiday and now they’ll be able to bring a little extra spending money.”
Brother Rastislav , 43, said: “Lenka is such a kind and warm sister.
“It is only right she won because she has worked so hard for her family and now all her money worries are over.
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“She told our parents she was going to take them on a nice holiday and she told me I didn’t have to work anymore but I can’t do that.
“I’m not that sort of person.”
One pal added: “None of them are. They are hard workers who have grafted.”