British Racing Driver Wins £107 Million Jackpot
Updated: Wednesday 14th May 2014
A car mechanic and amateur racing driver from Surrey has claimed the fourth largest UK EuroMillions prize of all time; a staggering £107 million. Neil Trotter, of Coulsdon, Surrey, successfully matched the five main numbers (6, 24, 25, 27 and 39) and both Lucky Stars (9 and 5) drawn on Friday to become the sole beneficiary of EuroMillions’ 14th largest jackpot ever.
Ever the eternal optimist, Trotter purchased five Lucky Dip tickets on his way to work after he had “a funny feeling.” Speaking at the press conference held today, Trotter said; “I’ve always thought I’d win big and I’d had a good feeling all week. I had a funny feeling that I had to play the lottery. I just knew I had to do it, so I just stopped on the way to work and bought £10 worth of Lucky Dips.”
A mechanic for over 15 years, Trotter (41) is now thought to be the 745th richest person in Britain, according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2013. This puts him ahead of superstars such as George Michael and Robbie Williams who each have an estimated net worth of £105 million.
So what does he plan to do with new found fortune?
Trotter, who came sixth in the two-door compact BMW racing championship last year, said that he actually plans to “slow down” his pace of living! “It’d be rude not to retire” said Trotter, who was joined at the press conference by his partner of eight years, 33-year-old Nicky Ottaway, who also revealed that she too had resigned from her job that morning.
The pair said that a new house and two new cars were top of their wish list, with Nicky admitting she’d already been looking at expensive handbags. However, the couple also revealed plans to help others; “Everyone dreams of what they could do in the world to change things or to help people” said Neil “With that sort of money you can do, you know, a lot of good.” Trotter said his first plan was to help his “struggling” sister who couldn’t stop crying after hearing the news.
“Being Trotters, we were always going to be millionaires one day” he quipped, in a reference to Del Trotter from the much loved television series ‘Only Fools and Horses’.Published: Tuesday 18th March 2014
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