Before I won a £107 million jackpot, I was a mechanic. Now I have my own racing team

A MECHANIC who scooped a staggering £107 million prize used his new-found fortune to land his own racing team and a fleet of eye-catching supercars.

Neil Trotter, from Surrey, made the incredible winnings after buying a EuroMillions Lucky Dip in 2014.

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Neil Trotter and partner Nicky Ottaway made huge lottery win of £108 million in 2014Credit: PA
EuroMillions winner Neil toasts his dazzling jackpot prize

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EuroMillions winner Neil toasts his dazzling jackpot prizeCredit: BPM Media
Neil spent part of the money on a motorcycle team and an impressive fleet of supercars

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Neil spent part of the money on a motorcycle team and an impressive fleet of supercarsCredit: Allwyn

Former car mechanic Neil always had a love for motorsport, but was never able to pursue his passion due to work commitments.

However, after scooping the life-changing cash prize, the multi-millionaire now owns his own racing team: Chameleon Motorsport.

Neil also ditched his Ford Focus and moved on to a fleet of luxury models, including a Jaguar and Porsche.

The jackpot winner then splashed the cash on a 500-acre estate with its own lake for him and his partner Nicky Ottaway.

The huge country house in southern England was a stone's throw from the three-bedroom house he lived in.

Reflecting on 2019, he said: “As a trotter, I knew I would be a millionaire one day – and somehow I knew I would win the lottery.

“I always told my father that I would have a house with a lake, and he said, 'In your dreams, son!'.

“I had such a strong feeling on Friday that I would win, I told the secretary at work.

“Winning allowed me to get back to my first love: racing. And I have the house with a lake.”

Despite his winnings, Neil has remained modest and doesn't dress like a multi-millionaire.

It means that many people have often mistaken him for someone who plans for a living.

He told podcaster Timothy Schultz: “People think I'm the gardener because I always wear shabby stuff.”

After purchasing the enormous estate, Neil embarked on an ambitious building process to transform the property into a lavish home.

The 50-year-old added: “I have always dreamed of having my own lake, but owning so much land has been a huge challenge and responsibility.”

The path was in need of restoration and the surrounding land needed to be cleared.

His partner initially “[tried] to stop Neil from purchasing the property because she thought the project was “too big”.

“The woods were in poor condition, there were so many dead trees everywhere and the house was barely habitable despite its size,” she said.

However, Neil worked hard dredging ponds and lakes and removing tons of dead trees from forests.

I had such a strong feeling on Friday that I was going to win, I told the secretary at work

Neil Trotter

The happy man said the years after his victory were challenging because of the ambitious project.

But he is now proud of his new home.

He said: “It's been a challenging nine years, but I'm immensely proud of what we've achieved and I'm never bored!

“I learned so much about managing forests and reversing the effects of intensive agriculture.”

It comes as a staggering £110 million is up for grabs in tomorrow's EuroMillions draw, which could see one lucky British player prepare for life in the fast lane.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners Advisor at the National Lottery, said: “The hearts of EuroMillions players will beat faster this weekend with this exciting EuroMillions £110M Super jackpot ready to be won!

“I have been fortunate to have met so many players who have won big on the National Lottery, and the best advice I can give to any new winner is to take the time to plan what you want to do with your winnings and who you want to help.

“While supercars and extravagant vacations are great, it's always best to take some time to really think about what you want to spend the life-changing win on before making any rash big decisions.

“My team and I are keeping our fingers crossed for all the British players and stand ready to support our big winners as they begin their life-changing journey.”

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Britain's biggest ever lottery winners

Joe and Jess Thwaite (£184 million)

Joe Thwaite, 49, and Jess Thwaite, 46, decided to go public after winning a record-breaking EuroMillions jackpot in May 2022.

The Gloucestershire couple, who have been married for 11 years, won a whopping £184 million.

But when Joe got the email with the shocking news, he didn't even wake hairdresser Jess.

Jess said Joe got up at 5.15am as usual to sort out the couple's dogs.

She said: “When the dogs were happy he looked at his phone and saw the National Lottery email saying: 'Good news, you've won a prize'.”

Joe added: “I looked it up and saw we had won. I saw how much and I didn't know what to do.

“I couldn't sleep anymore, I didn't want to wake Jess, so I just lay there for an eternity.

“I looked for a while for real estate without a budget limit, which was new!”

The Sun revealed last year that the couple are ready to splash the cash on a new fence for their neighbor.

Anonymous (£170m)

This winner decided they would remain hidden when they bagged their £170 million win in October 2019.

That huge jackpot made them richer than Adele, The Sussexes and Ed Sheeran.

Camelot announced that the winner would not be announced publicly unless they decided to do so.

They matched all five cardinal numbers plus the two lucky stars to secure their millions.

Colin and Chris Weir (£161 million)

Colin and Chris Weir won £161 million at the EuroMillions in 2011.

They moved into a beautiful country house and their modest first purchases included a plaid sports jacket, a computer and a tractor.

The Scottish couple initially bought Knock House near Largs, but sold their country home in favor of an even larger property in Troon.

They donated a large portion of their money and set up The Weir Charitable Trust in 2013.

In April 2019, the couple announced they had filed for divorce and released a statement.

In December 2019, Colin passed away at the age of 71 after succumbing to a “short illness”.

He had invested in companies such as Irn-Bru and Greggs, while also sharing around £40 million of the profits with friends and family.

He saved money to give his friends a lobster feast at the funeral.

Adrian and Gillian Bayford (£148.6m)

Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk won £148.6 million, after exchange rates, on August 10, 2012, after buying a Lucky Dip in a supermarket.

When they realized they had won, they celebrated by taking their children out to dinner.

Just 15 months after winning the jackpot, Gillian divorced Adrian.

Adrian used some of the fortune to set up his own music company and open a store with the world's largest collection of Lady Gaga memorabilia.

Adrian's £6.5million mansion with 189 acres and swimming pool was sold because close friends report it has too many memories of friends who betrayed him.

In February 2017, the wealthy winner's home was burglarized in a £100,000 burglary and he has since settled in Perthshire, not far from his ex-wife.

Meanwhile, Gillian had a bit of a row of her own when her father scolded her, saying he received “only £1million” from his daughter, despite her claims she had given him £20million.

Dad Ian McCulloch said: “Gillian's whole life has been torn apart by lies. Her life is a total mess – a fabrication.”

In August 2018, Gillian married convicted fraudster Brian Deans.

She had a baby during lockdown at the age of 48 and said she had always wanted a baby.

Adrian was recently forced to cancel a music festival after neighbors filed complaints.

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