Winner of £105 million EuroMillions lottery jackpot misses his job

May 1, 2023, 3:12 pm (17 comments)

After the Big Win

Generous lottery winner remembers humble life before the big win

By Kate Northrop

A lottery winner who scooped up a whopping £105 million (US$127.9 million) EuroMillions jackpot in 2019 is missing the workplace banter of his old job.

Following his lottery win of over a hundred million pounds, a West Sussex man found fulfillment in using the prize to give back to multiple charitable organizations, groups, and family members. Now, he's longing for a piece of the life he once had.

When Steve Thompson, 45, won the massive jackpot in 2019, his immediate focus was not on what he could do for himself, but what he could do for others.

"It's so much money — I'm going to be generous," Thomson said at the time he won. "I live in a small village. It's a nice village. I don't want to leave the village, so whatever I can do in the community, I will."

After making significant donations in the tens and hundreds of thousands to various organizations, including a medical center, his son's school, and even a local cricket club, he turned his attention to his immediate family. He's ensured that a decent chunk of money was set aside in a trust for safekeeping and has since then been living it large with his wife and children in a comfortable 7,000 square-foot country estate set on 14.5 acres in Kent.

The £4.5 million (US$5.48 million) property boasts two kitchens, six bedrooms, five reception rooms, a games room, two lakes, a pond, landscaped gardens, a tennis court, a swimming pool, a party barn, and stables.

"The kids finally got their own bedrooms," Thompson said after the purchase. "It's a simple thing, but it was all they ever wished for."

Although it is a massive upgrade from their previous home, a three-bed terraced house in Selsey, West Sussex valued at around £150,000 (US$182,756), Thompson's friends say he finds himself pining for the life he once had before the big win.

Prior to the lifechanging win in 2019, the former builder had a windows and conservatories business in Selsey. He could very well have abandoned the business right after becoming millions richer in the lottery, but he still carried on working to complete outstanding orders and insisted on performing any work on his new house himself.

Now, he spends most of his time walking the dog or spending time with his family at home in Kent.

"Steve obviously feels really lucky to be in the position he's in," a friend of his told The Sun. "But nothing could've prepared him for the change in his life after he won the EuroMillions. He's a very modest, humble bloke and loved his life as a builder."

Aside from the gratifying work itself, his friend explained that a big part of the job was the camaraderie that came with it.

"Steve misses the job and all that comes with it, like the great lads he worked with and the brilliant banter they had together on site," his friend continued.

Financially, there is no reason for him to return to work — after he and his wife invested some of the cash in two separate trusts, stocks, shares, and property, it's been predicted that they could make another £90 million (US$112.4 million) over the next 20 years.

Lovingly called "Mr. Sensible" by his friends, Thompson still drives his wife's second-hand Volvo after allowing himself to splurge on three £100,000 Range Rovers, a £100,000 Tesla, and a £200,000 bright green Lamborghini.

Thanks to dannyct for the tip.

Lottery Post Staff



He sounds like a boring ass man."Get busy living or get busy dying!!!"


This guy probably was not happy without the cash.


He's facing the same situation as a lot of retirees: he doesn't miss the job, but he does miss its social connections.

wander73's avatarwander73

I don't think people know what to do if they hit a mass fortune,  depending on the current situations.

Tony Numbers's avatarTony Numbers

This guy should start a little business, hire some craftsman, build stuff he'd get his cameradi, he could donate the stuff that they build.

Artist77's avatarArtist77

Quote: Originally posted by Tony Numbers on May 1, 2023

This guy should start a little business, hire some craftsman, build stuff he'd get his cameradi, he could donate the stuff that they build.

I agree. Perfect solution. Money does not automatically add value to your life.


If you didn't have a life before hitting the jackpot, chances are things will only get worse after hitting it!

CDanaT's avatarCDanaT

Well "Mr. Sensible"..If your friends statements are true about, "he finds himself pining for the life he once had before the big win",  there is always the option of giving it all away and going back to the pre-2019 lifestyle....Best of luck with your future options/opportunities.

Tony Numbers's avatarTony Numbers

Reread the article, he seems to be flip flopping--- prefers a simple working life, yet spends lavishly on cars and a 5 million $ home-- donated some and invested wisely. He won't go broke. I'd like to have his problem ☺️


He sounds like he misses the social interactions that he had with his job. He needs to find hobbies and connect with people on that.

hearsetrax's avatarhearsetrax

sounds like its time for him to leave his widdle hamlet and explore the world and etc etc


He can spend some money dating hot women 19-25 years old worldwide.

Think's avatarThink

Quote: Originally posted by THRIFTY on May 2, 2023

He can spend some money dating hot women 19-25 years old worldwide.

Probably...He is 45.  When you get to be my age it is the 30 to 55 range that start looking good because any younger and they really start looking too young...


If I won I would announce that I was going to buy a van and hit the road and smoke pot in every state where it is legal and hit all the wineries and microbreweries everywhere and spend it all on booze and hookers.

looking good...feeling good...booze and hookers for everyone!

That is not what I would do but that is what I would say at a press conference...I don't think I would be able to help myself....

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