The Slovakian mother of a woman who has scooped a EuroMillions jackpot of more than £100 million has said her daughter should not worry about sharing the winnings with her.
Gabriela Hromadkova insisted she wants Lenka, her British husband, builder Steve Thomson, and their three children to enjoy the prize – a staggering £105,100,701.90 - adding: “Money isn’t everything.”
The British couple, from Selsey, West Sussex. were named on Wednesday as the winners of the enormous jackpot, which was the sixth EuroMillions top prize banked in the UK this year.
Speaking outside her home in Rakova, Lenka’s mother, a retired customs official, said her daughter asked her if she was sitting down before telling her the news.
Steve and Lenka, who is originally from Slovakia, have three children aged 8 to 15, and have won the 9th largest jackpot ever in the UK (PA)
Mrs Hromadkova told the Mail: "She said, 'Are you sitting down? Hold on.' Then she said, 'I’ve won the lottery.' At first I didn’t understand what she was saying because she was crying and then laughing, she was so excited.”
Lenka’s brother said one of the reasons Lenka moved to Britain was to earn more money. He said: “Lenka could come home now and purchase every house in Rakova.”
But her mother said the family are happy with what they have and that “money isn’t everything”.
She added: “I just want Lenka to enjoy her life now… We don’t need anything from her. I just want Lenka to make the kids happy – that is the most important thing.”
The couple were presented with a cheque when they celebrated the win (PA)
The pair's number came up on November 19, the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery's first draw.
Mr Thomson said that when he realised he had won he got heart palpitations. He said: "I started shaking a lot. I knew it was a really big win but didn't know what to do. I think I was on the verge of having a heart attack."
The father-of-three said he would not be giving up his job as a builder immediately and added: "Once I am over the shock I will need to keep doing something, I am not the type just to sit still. My business partner knows that if he needs a hand, I'll be there."
A UK ticket-holder won the £170 million jackpot in October, making them the UK's biggest winner. The previous biggest UK winners were Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in North Ayrshire, who won £161 million in July 2011.
A £123 million jackpot was won by a UK ticket-holder in June and a UK winner scooped £38 million on the EuroMillions in April.
Ade Goodchild, from Hereford, bagged £71 million on March 15 and Patrick and Frances Connolly, from Northern Ireland, won £114.9 million on New Year's Day.