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Lottery winners Steve and Lenka Thomson use some of their £105million jackpot to buy van and car

A couple who won £105million on the Euromillions lottery have splashed out on a second-hand van and a car, it has been reported.

Steve Thomson, 42, and his wife Lenka, 41, said they didn't want becoming overnight multi-millionaires to change them, and have refused to buy anything 'too flash'.

The couple and their two sons and daughter are also still living in their modest three-bed home in the village of Selsey in West Sussex.

Their only major purchases so far have been a second-hand VW van for window fitter Steve and a Volvo XC90 for Lenka.

Steve Thomson, 42, and his wife Lenka, 41, said they didn't want becoming overnight multi-millionaires to change them, and have refused to buy anything 'too flash'. 

It is believed they are looking to upgrade to a four-bedroom property, but coronavirus has for the moment kept them in their family home.

'They've been looking for a new home and I know they aim to move soon but at the moment they're still in their old property,' a friend told the Sun.

'I think they tried to complete before coronavirus hit but they were delayed and that's what has put it back.

'I'm sure they'll be delighted to finally start being able to spend some of the money they won.'

Their only major purchases so far have been a second-hand VW van (pictured, example) for window fitter Steve and a Volvo XC90 for Lenka

But the friend added that they 'couldn't think of anything they've bought'. 

After winning the EuroMillions jackpot Steve, who fits windows and conservatories, continued to work to complete his outstanding orders.

He is now thought to have quit after honouring all the customers he was booked in for at the time of his life-changing win. 

He previously promised to help the local community with the winnings.

It is believed they are looking to upgrade to a four-bedroom property, but coronavirus has for the moment kept them in their family home

Self-employed builder Mr Thomson is understood to have quit working after honouring all the customers that had booked with him prior to his win.

Steve and corner shop worker Lenka, 41, are said to have pledged to 'do things for the community' in the seaside town. 

A neighbour of the family, Ellie Wood, 42, previously said: 'Steve and his wife are salt of the earth. I'm not shocked that Steve is continuing to finish off jobs he had on his books – that's just the type of guy he is. He'd never leave anyone in the lurch.'

The father-of-three only realised he had won as he waited to be picked up for work three days after the draw was made.

The house in Selsey, West Sussex where EuroMillions winners Steve Thomson and his wife Lenka Thomson live with their three children

He said: 'I am not sure I even looked at the first two lines, the third one just jumped out and I could instantly tell they all matched. I started shaking a lot. I knew it was a really big win but didn't know what to do.

'I went out to my van, walked back in, thought about knocking on a neighbour's door, went back to the van - I think I was on the verge of having a heart attack.'

He said his parents refused to believe he had scooped the jackpot, telling him: 'We'll believe it when we see it.'

Mr Thomson added: 'Now they believe it.' 

The couple, whose win was the ninth largest UK jackpot, declined to comment when approached. 

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