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  • 19 March 2014, 3:15

EuroMillions: Neil Trotter Wins £107.9m Prize

The winner of the £107.9m EuroMillions jackpot has been revealed as mechanic Neil Trotter.

The 41-year-old from Coulsdon, Surrey, was so confident he had won a prize that he told staff at his father's office on Friday lunchtime that "this time tomorrow" he would be a multi-millionaire.

And thanks to a Lucky Dip ticket, his dream has come true.

He learned he had won the huge prize at around 10.30pm on Friday night.

 "I've always thought I'd win big and I'd had a good feeling all week," Mr Trotter said.

"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. 

"Next we called my Dad but he said I was being an idiot too and that I should stop drinking, but I hadn't had a drop."

Mr Trotter appeared at a news conference with Nicky Ottaway, his partner of eight years, and said he had decided to go public about the win because he did not want to have to keep the news a secret from his friends.

He said: "I didn't want to disappear and hide. I don't think it would have been possible and I didn't want to be deceitful to my friends. It would have got out ... it was just too much money."

When asked if such a figure was too much money for one person to win, Mr Trotter said: "I don't think it's too much.

"That's what makes people play the Euro lottery. It's a real life-changing amount. Everyone dreams of what they could do in the world to change things or help people out - family and friends - and with that sort of money you can do a lot of good."

The mechanic, who runs his own repair garage in Mitcham called Chameleon Coachworks, and Ms Ottoway said they were giving up work.

Mr Trotter said: "I worked my last shift on Friday repairing and spraying other people's cars.

"I have a few phone calls to make to let people down but this is my time now."

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