Lovely jubbly for car mechanic who nets £108m in lottery win
Published 19/03/2014 | 02:30
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.
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.
"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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