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Builder Who Won £105m Lottery Jackpot 'Refuses Payment For Job'

Builder Who Won £105m Lottery Jackpot 'Refuses Payment For Job'

A builder who bagged a cool £105 million ($138m) on the EuroMillions apparently refused to accept payment from a neighbour because he wanted her to keep her money for Christmas.

What a LAD. I mean, he does have more money than sense, but still.

Steve Thomson, 42, carried on working to 'stay normal' after his record EuroMillion jackpot win last month but now he's just doing it for free, according to The Sun.

Steve and his wife shortly after their win. Credit: PA
Steve and his wife shortly after their win. Credit: PA
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The dad-of-three has reportedly refused to charge several clients for jobs he has completed with one telling the publication: "He's a top bloke".

Apparently, the builder-turned-millionaire finished installing a conservatory for someone in Selsey, West Sussex and the customer said: "He didn't charge. It shows he's a top bloke, a decent man.

"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."

She went on to explain that he's still using his old yellow work van, adding: "He's not buying a new one as he intends to complete outstanding jobs and stop working. He doesn't see the point if he's not got long left [working]."

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Steve plans to stop working soon but for now he's carrying on working. Credit: PA
Steve plans to stop working soon but for now he's carrying on working. Credit: PA

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Last week Steve was photographed out at work - lugging boxes and driving his van, which he shares with friend and business partner Neil Peet - despite being worth millions.

A local resident praised Thomson, telling The Sun: "Steve's a mega jackpot winner but first and foremost a loyal builder. He could be sitting on a sun-kissed beach sipping champers but instead he's still at work like the rest of us."

Speaking in November, when he went public with his win, Steve said: "I would have got all my jobs done by Christmas if this hadn't happened!

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"Once I am over the shock, I will need to keep doing something, I am not the type just to sit still. My business partner knows that if he needs a hand I'll be there."

However, he did add that he will likely stop working at some point and that he would like to move to a bigger house with his wife Lenka and kids.

Steve and Lenka. Credit: PA
Steve and Lenka. Credit: PA

Describing the moment he realised he had won, he said: "I am not sure I even looked at the first two lines, the third one just jumped out and I could instantly tell they all matched.

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"I started shaking a lot. I knew it was a really big win but 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."

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Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]