Neil Trotter, a mechanic from Surrey, was the lucky winner of the £107.9 million EuroMillions jackpot, it was revealed last week.
The 41-year-old, who runs a car repair garage in Mitcham, south London, is the National Lottery\’s fourth biggest winner of all time. Yet while Mr Trotter might not ever have to worry about finding motor trade insurance again, the rest of his former peers will still be looking for their own little professional jackpot by finding the best insurance cover at the best price.
Mr Trotter, a self-confessed racing fanatic, is even reported as telling the staff at his father\’s company on Friday lunchtime just a few hours before the numbers were drawn that this time tomorrow I\’ll be a millionaireâ€. By about half past 10 that evening he learnt that he was the sole owner of a winning ticket, taking home just short of £108 million in the process.
He bought the winning EuroMillions Lucky Dip ticket from a Londis store in Wallington, south London. The winning numbers were 6, 24, 25, 27, 30 and Lucky Stars 5 and 9. He is the first EuroMillions jackpot winner from the UK this year.
Reflecting on his good fortune last week, Mr Trotter said: “I’ve always thought I’d win big and I’d had a good feeling all week.
“On Friday evening we were sitting at home when I checked the time and thought the draw must have taken place by now. I took out my ticket to check the winning numbers and amazingly one by one they matched.
“I told Nicky, my partner, ‘I’ve done it, I’ve won the lottery, but she told me to shut up and to stop being an idiot. Apparently I turned white as a sheet and couldn’t sit still, I kept walking round the house – I didn’t know what to do with myself. I got her to check the numbers with me and she started screaming.”
Based on the Sunday Times Rich List for 2013, Mr Trotter will become the 745th richest person in the UK, with a net worth that just trumps that of pop stars George Michael and Robbie Williams.
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