A lottery winner worth £22million was spotted getting his hands dirty on a building site in Blackpool.

Karl Crompton, from Lancashire, was pictured for the first time in 14 years running around with a wheelbarrow of cement and getting stuck in to the property renovation.

The 48-year-old, who was once dubbed Britain's most eligible bachelor, was also seen getting behind the wheel of a black Land Rover Discovery.

It is just one of the expensive cars he has bought since winning £10.9million in 1996 – 18 months after the National Lottery was launched, the Mirror Online reports.

Karl was just 23 when he hit the jackpot but has shrewdly gone on to build a buy-to-let property empire, doubling his fortune to £22million.

Karl Crompton aged 23 who won £10.9 million on the National Lottery, with brother Shaun mum Pat and dad Keith
Karl Crompton aged 23 who won £10.9 million on the National Lottery, with brother Shaun mum Pat and dad Keith

After his life-changing win, Karl went on to marry girlfriend Nicole Roach a decade later.

The millionaire is now thought to have split from his wife, however, and moved out of the mansion he built in Fylde, Lancs.

In a 2009 interview with the Sunday Mirror, Karl told how he had ploughed all of his winnings into property.

He spent £1.5million building his five-bedroom Gothic-style home in Fylde – which was thought to be worth £3.6million just over ten years ago.

The mansion had a large pond in the gardens and his parents, Keith and Pat, lived in a property at the front.

Karl, who used to be a trainee at Comet earning £100-a-week, also splashed out on another home in Vancouver, Canada.

He revealed that it was his mum who suggested he should buy a ticket for the fateful £22million Lotto rollover draw
in 1996.

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Karl told the Sunday Mirror: “My mum and dad and brother helped pick some numbers then I went out with my pals.

“The next morning, I came downstairs to the kitchen and my mum said, ‘You’re looking at a lottery winner.

I’ve got four numbers and got £96 or something.’

“So I looked at the numbers and my ticket. Even when Camelot later confirmed the numbers, I couldn’t believe I’d won.

It was £10,903,198 – a half share of the full Lotto rollover prize.”