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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Lovely jubbly for car mechanic who nets £108m in lottery win

Rob Williams

Published 19/03/2014 | 02:30

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Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter, with partner Nicky Ottaway,  celebrates his win in Dorking, Surrey where he was revealed as the man who scooped a £107.9m (€128.6m) jackpot on the Euromillions lottery.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter, with partner Nicky Ottaway, celebrates his win in Dorking, Surrey where he was revealed as the man who scooped a £107.9m (€128.6m) jackpot on the Euromillions lottery.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter, with partner Nicky Ottaway,  celebrates his win in Dorking, Surrey where he was revealed as the man who scooped a  £107.9m (€128.6m) jackpot on the Euromillions lottery.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter, with partner Nicky Ottaway, celebrates his win in Dorking, Surrey where he was revealed as the man who scooped a £107.9m (€128.6m) jackpot on the Euromillions lottery.

He may prefer hot rod racers to a three-wheeler Reliant Robin, but the unveiling of the multi-million pound UK lottery winner has already prompted comparisons with Del Boy and his 'Only Fools and Horses' rags-to-riches story.

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Not only was the winner called Trotter, but he had also used a famous catchphrase from the show when speaking to his father on the day of his massive win.

Neil Trotter, from Coulsdon, London, said he was so confident he would win a prize he had told staff at his father's office last Friday lunchtime that "this time tomorrow" he would be a multi-millionaire.

Mr Trotter (41) scooped a massive £107.9m (€128.6m) becoming the UK National Lottery's fourth biggest winner on Friday night.

The lucky winner, who runs a repair garage in Mitcham, south London called Chameleon Coachworks, said: "I've always thought I'd win big and I'd had a good feeling all week.

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"Apparently I turned white as a sheet and couldn't sit still. I got her to check the numbers with me and she started screaming."

Neil and Nicky Ottaway (33), his partner of eight years, finally headed for bed around 3am but had a restless night before calling Camelot first thing.

Mr Trotter is a self-confessed motor racing fanatic and came sixth last summer in the BMW Compact Cup as a newcomer.

He now plans to hang up his car mechanic overalls and follow his passion for British touring car racing. He is also planning to replace his old oil-stained Ford with a fleet of supercars.

"I drive a Ford Focus at the moment. It's always been reliable but the steering wheel is black from oil off my hands and it's time for an upgrade." (©Independent News Service)

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