The sole winner of this week’s £107.9 million Euromillions jackpot has said he intends to spend some of his prize on a slew of luxury sports cars.
Neil Trotter, a car mechanic from Coulsdon, near Croydon, has said he plans to buy a house with plenty of garage space that will allow him to start a supercar collection.
He also says he’s hoping to quit his day job in order to indulge in his main passion – motorsport, or more specifically, touring car racing.
Mr Trotter learned of his lottery win on Friday evening. “We were sitting at home when I checked the time and thought the draw must have taken place by now,” he says.
“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!”
Mr Trotter currently drives an old Ford Focus, says that while his current car’s always been reliable, the steering wheel is black from oil from his hands.
“It’s time for an upgrade,” he says. “There are a lot of stunning cars out there – I'm going to need a lot of garage space at the new house!
“I would love to own a hypercar – that would be amazing. Something like the McLaren, although I'm not sure how easy they are to get hold of.”
Mr Trotter adds that he’s very conscious of the similarity between his story and that of the Trotter family, of Only Fools & Horses fame.
“Me and my dad thought we'd heard all the Only Fools And Horses jokes,” he says, “but I can see this is going to run and run. Still, being Trotters, we were always going to be millionaires one day!”