Overwhelmed: The 51-year-old revealed he stuffed his winning ticket in the visor of his van 

Andrew Clark, 51, from Boston in Lincolnshire has been named because the winner of the £76 million EuroMillions jackpot

A self-employed builder has at the moment been named because the winner of a £76 million EuroMillions jackpot who drove round for six weeks with the ticket tucked within the visor of his van. 

Andrew Clark, from Boston in Lincolnshire, labored by weeks of bitterly chilly climate with out realising he had the profitable ticket sitting inside his Peugeot Skilled. 

The grandfather-of-three scooped the 12th greatest win ever within the UK after shopping for the profitable ticket in his native Put up Workplace.

Christmas has come early for the 51-year-old, who introduced he’ll now be taking early retirement. 

Referring to himself as ‘the person who almost misplaced £76 million’, Mr Clark revealed he stockpiled lottery tickets within the visor of his van and solely checked after his girlfriend Trisha Fairhurst, 51, nagged him to.

Mr Clark has purchased a four-bed home, an £80,000 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 and a Nissan Qashqai since he came upon he was the winner final week.  

He mentioned he and his household will keep within the UK over the festive interval and revel in dinner in a restaurant in Skegness on New 12 months’s Eve.   

Mr Clark additionally revealed that he will likely be sharing his thousands and thousands with greater than 20 folks in his household, together with Trisha’s 14-year-old daughter, who has particular wants.

He mentioned: ‘She will likely be arrange for all times. Any care she wants she can have.’ 

Mr Clark carried on working earlier than he was urged to verify his stash by his accomplice Trisha 

Mr Clark has bought a house, a Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 and a Nissan Qashqai (pictured outside the couple's current home) since he found out he was the winner last week

Mr Clark has purchased a home, a Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 and a Nissan Qashqai (pictured exterior the couple’s present dwelling) since he came upon he was the winner final week

Mr Clark said he only checked through his tickets after his partner Trisha, left, told him to. He also revealed that he will be sharing his millions with more than 20 people in his family, including Trisha's 14-year-old daughter, who has special needs

Mr Clark mentioned he solely checked by his tickets after his accomplice Trisha, left, advised him to. He additionally revealed that he will likely be sharing his thousands and thousands with greater than 20 folks in his household, together with Trisha’s 14-year-old daughter, who has particular wants

Christmas has come early for Mr Clark and his partner Trisha - but he revealed they would be staying the UK over the festive period and enjoying New Year's Eve in Skegness 

Christmas has come early for Mr Clark and his accomplice Trisha – however he revealed they might be staying the UK over the festive interval and having fun with New 12 months’s Eve in Skegness 

Self-employed Mr Clark revealed himself because the winner at a press convention in Grantham this morning. 

Mr Clark is believed to have three youngsters named Jamie, 22, Rikki, 23 and Zhoe, 27, at the moment lives in a house value round £200,000.

He has three granddaughters aged 9, six, and two and has put £200 every of their Christmas playing cards.

He mentioned: ‘They are going to all be sorted – properly sorted. They’re going to not need for something.’ 

Self-employed Mr Clark revealed himself as the winner at a press conference in Grantham

Self-employed Mr Clark revealed himself because the winner at a press convention in Grantham

Requested if he and Trisha, who met on a web based courting website, can be set to get married, he replied: ‘There aren’t any plans for a marriage in the meanwhile.’ 

He mentioned he realised he was the winner after he ‘lastly gave in’ and started working his approach by his stash of tickets one night. 

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He mentioned: ‘Trisha stored telling me to verify the tickets, and her niece Louise, who I used to be constructing an extension for, was additionally in on it as soon as she’d heard concerning the unclaimed prize within the information.

‘It was one thing of a standing joke that I had all these tickets whereas there was an area prize excellent, so for weeks they had been on at me to verify.’ 

‘I lastly gave in, obtained the bundle out of the van and began to work my approach by them, methodically from the oldest to the latest, beginning with Lotto, earlier than shifting into my EuroMillions tickets.  

‘I mentioned I’ll depart the Euro one for tomorrow however Louise mentioned no verify it now.

‘I checked it and I simply mentioned, ‘I’ve accomplished it, I’ve gained £76million.’ I rang Trish and he or she did not imagine me.’ 

Referring to himself as “the man who nearly lost £76 million”, he said he realised he was the mystery winner after he “finally gave in” and began working his way through his stash of tickets one evening

Referring to himself as ‘the person who almost misplaced £76 million’, he mentioned he realised he was the thriller winner after he ‘lastly gave in’ and started working his approach by his stash of tickets one night

Mr Clark left the winning £76 million ticket in the visor of this van while he carried on going about his life and working

Mr Clark left the profitable £76 million ticket within the visor of this van whereas he carried on going about his life and dealing

Mr Clark, pictured on social media

He is currently building an extension for his niece Louise, adding: 'I'm going to stop doing that now. She will understand. She is going to benefit a lot from the money'

Mr Clark, pictured left on social media, mentioned: ‘I have been self-employed for 10 years. I will begin working alone tasks’

Mr Clark mentioned the Nissan supplier mentioned to them ‘are you these £76 million winners?’ as they bought their new automotive, however they determined to remain quiet.

He mentioned he has additionally put a deposit down on a brand new four-bed home.

‘We have not gone too extravagant,’ he mentioned. ‘It is a good, larger household dwelling.’ 

However Ms Fairhurst mentioned she has no fast plans to surrender her job as a catering assistant at Boston Pilgrim Hospital.

She mentioned the win will make an enormous distinction to her 14-year-old daughter who has particular wants and can need assistance to stay independently when she is older.

‘This can set her up for all times,’ she mentioned. ‘I pays for personal look after her and residential care when she will get a bit older.’ 

Mr Clark, in the meantime, is taking time without work till the spring.

He mentioned he has by no means like working within the winter and is now wanting ahead to planning holidays to locations like Mauritius, the Maldives and Hawaii.

He mentioned: ‘I have been self-employed for 10 years. I will begin working alone tasks.’

He had been constructing an extension for his niece Louise, however mentioned: ‘I will cease doing that now. She is going to perceive. She goes to learn loads from the cash.

‘They are going to get different folks in to do the extension. It’ll in all probability get accomplished loads faster.’ 

Trisha said she plans to carry on working while Andrew will take time off work until the spring

Trisha mentioned she plans to hold on working whereas Andrew will take time without work work till the spring

The ticket was bought from his local One Stop Post Office in Boston on November 2

The ticket was purchased from his native One Cease Put up Workplace in Boston on November 2

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He and Trisha mentioned ‘one of the best factor concerning the win is how we will help all our household’. 

Mr Clark added: ‘It virtually looks like some magical Christmas story, the person who almost misplaced £76 million! For all our household, I am very happy that Trisha and Louise nagged me to verify these tickets.

‘This Christmas goes to be a quiet affair, however subsequent 12 months will likely be a distinct story. 

The couple said they will ensure their family members are given a share of the money 

The couple mentioned they may guarantee their relations are given a share of the cash 

‘Trisha and I’ve this imaginative and prescient of hiring a giant lodge or resort in order that the entire household can get collectively and swap tales about how they’ve spent their share over the previous 12 months.

‘This win is not nearly Christmas magic, it is about making a lifetime of magical moments for all these round us.’ 

The builder mentioned regardless of his £76million haul, he’ll proceed to play the lottery, including: ‘I will not cease doing the lottery. 

‘I do not do every other playing however I’ll nonetheless purchase my £1 scratch card.’ 

When requested about being relaxed concerning the win, he mentioned: ‘That is me. We’re very right down to earth folks. Trish will hold me grounded.’

He added: ‘Trish purchased a Nissan Quashquai. She’s not a automotive particular person however that is what she needed.’

Mr Clark, who used to make components for Mercedes Formulation One, added: ‘Maybe now I should buy one.’

He admitted his new home has a giant storage so he can now indulge his love of vehicles and bikes.

Requested about Christmas presents, he mentioned: ‘Everybody will nonetheless get the identical pair of socks that they had been all presupposed to get.’

Trisha added: ‘I am positive they may assist us spend it. They cash will profit them for all times.’ 

Andrew Clark with his partner Trisha Fairhurst, celebrating his £76,369,806.80 EuroMillions jackpot win

Andrew Clark together with his accomplice Trisha Fairhurst, celebrating his £76,369,806.80 EuroMillions jackpot win

He and his partner Trisha have already bought a new home and two cars but say 'the best thing about the win is how we can help all our family'

He and his accomplice Trisha have already purchased a brand new dwelling and two vehicles however say ‘one of the best factor concerning the win is how we will help all our household’

The ticket was purchased from Eastwood Highway Put up Workplace in Boston on November 2.  

With Andrew claiming the ticket, a frantic six-week seek for the winner involves an finish. 

The Nationwide Lottery deployed advert vans to the world to encourage the winner to return ahead, and even enlisted native city crier Steve O’Dare to unfold the information. 

The largest winners on the EuroMillions lottery to date within the UK had been Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs, North Ayrshire, who took dwelling £161 million in July 2011.

Earlier this 12 months, one fortunate ticket-holder, who selected to stay nameless, banked a £121 million jackpot in April whereas one other took dwelling simply over £77 million in February.

Fred and Lesley Higgins, from Aberdeenshire, scooped the £57 million jackpot within the draw on July 10.

With Andrew claiming the ticket, a frantic six-week search for the winner comes to an end

With Andrew claiming the ticket, a frantic six-week seek for the winner involves an finish

It will be a very happy Christmas for Mr Clark, who is the recipient of the 12th biggest win ever in the UK

It is going to be a really glad Christmas for Mr Clark, who’s the recipient of the 12th greatest win ever within the UK

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Who’s the most important ever UK lottery winner? Two {couples} and a former automotive mechanic high record

Listed here are the six earlier greatest UK winners of the EuroMillions draw to date

1. In July 2011, Colin and Chris Weir turned Europe’s greatest lottery winners after they scooped greater than £161million.

The couple, who’ve been married for 30 years, mentioned they had been ‘not scared’ of the wealth as a result of they had been going to have ‘a lot enjoyable’ with the cash.

The pair, a retired TV cameraman and a retired psychiatric nurse, from Largs, in Ayrshire, mentioned their youngsters Carly, a pictures pupil, and Jamie, a name centre employee, can be purchased their very own properties and vehicles.

The household made a £1million donation to the SNP shortly after profitable.

Colin and Chris Weir became Europe's biggest lottery winners when they scooped more than £161million in 2011

Colin and Chris Weir turned Europe’s greatest lottery winners after they scooped greater than £161million in 2011

2. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took dwelling greater than £148 million in August 2012.

The wedding ended simply 15 months into their new jackpot profitable lives, citing the stress of the cash as the rationale they wanted to separate.

On the time, a spokesman for Mrs Bayford mentioned: ‘Gillian Bayford confirms that her marriage to Adrian has damaged down irretrievably they usually have separated.’

It got here after Mrs Bayford was pressured to disclaim she had an affair with the couple’s gardener, Chris Tovey. 

Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012

Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took dwelling greater than £148 million in August 2012

3. An unnamed ticket-holder claimed simply over £113million in October 2010, and selected not go public.

4. Neil Trotter, from south London, gained almost £108million, going from former automotive mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014.

Neighbours in Croydon described he and accomplice Nicky Ottaway moved out ‘virtually in a single day’ after they scooped the EuroMillions jackpot final March.

Mr Trotter admitted on the time that he was like his namesake, Del Boy Trotter from Solely Fools And Horses.

Neil Trotter, with partner Nicky Ottaway, won nearly £108million, going from former car mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014

Neil Trotter, with accomplice Nicky Ottaway, gained almost £108million, going from former automotive mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014

5. A pair from Cambridgeshire, Dave and Angela Dawes, gained greater than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions attract October 2011.

Mr Dawes mentioned he ‘did not sleep a wink’ the night time of the win, because it was too late to name Camelot after the couple checked their numbers.

Final 12 months, the couple had been taken to courtroom by his son, an Afghanistan veteran, Michael Dawes, 32, who mentioned he was ‘ungenerous in spirit’.

However a choose dominated the millionaire father doesn’t have to hold bailing out his son, who burnt by £1.6million in two years, and got here again for extra, failing to heed his stepmother’s recommendation to cease consuming on the Ritz and go to McDonald’s as an alternative.

6. A UK winner obtained a £93 million payout in June 2015, however determined to stay nameless.

Dave and Angela Dawes won more than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions draw in October 2011

Dave and Angela Dawes gained greater than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions attract October 2011

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