HK$1.39b British lottery winner says he predicted it would happen

Car mechanic who won HK$1.39b says he predicted he would be a multimillionaire

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 March, 2014, 1:36am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 March, 2014, 1:36am


A car mechanic from Britain revealed yesterday that he had predicted he would be a multimillionaire "this time tomorrow" just hours before he won a £107.9 million (HK$1.39 billion) lottery jackpot.

Neil Trotter, 41, from Coulsdon in south London, said he had told staff at his father's office on the day of the Euromillions draw on Friday that he was feeling lucky.

At around 10.30pm that night, he went "white as a sheet" when he learned he was the single ticket holder to scoop the massive jackpot.

After becoming the fourth-biggest lottery winners in British history, Trotter and his partner Nicky Ottaway, 33, celebrated modestly with two bottles of beer.

Trotter now plans to give up work and indulge his passion for touring car racing. Ottaway resigned from her job yesterday.

At a press conference with her, Trotter said: "I took out my ticket to check the winning numbers and amazingly one by one they matched. I told Nicky, 'I've done it, I've won the lottery'.

"But she told me to shut up and to stop being an idiot."

He said his father initially accused him of being drunk when he told him.

Trotter said the couple intended to start splashing their cash on a new house and cars.

They have been to look at new cars since the win, but their first foray into the world of the super-rich left them feeling uncomfortable.

"People give you the look as if you haven't got the money to buy them," he said.

His girlfriend said she had a similar experience when she inquired about a handbag.

"I just asked the sales guy how much it was. He said '£1,100' but he'd already turned his back and was walking away from us."