Taxi Driver Wins £25Million On Lotto

The main numbers were 18, 36, 48, 57, 58, 59 and the bonus ball was 50

A taxi driver is celebrating after winning nearly £25 million on the Lotto.

Amo Riselli, 50, from Gloucester, scooped £24,501,283 after matching five main numbers and the bonus ball in the must-be-won Lotto draw last Wednesday.

The new multi-millionaire did not have all six numbers but the top prize had to be won, so the jackpot rolled down to those who had matched five numbers and the bonus ball.

The main numbers were 18, 36, 48, 57, 58, 59 and the bonus ball was 50.

After sharing the news with his family – including his mother Maria who turns 80 in February, his four brothers and sisters and his five daughters – he called Camelot to confirm his win details.

At the heart of her family, Mrs Riselli was given the responsibility of keeping the ticket in a safe place.

She stored it in a glass jar in the cupboard, checking it was still there every time she walked by.

Christmas continued as normal and the family shared a glass of champagne during new year celebrations – just like every year, even though they knew about the jackpot win.

As it was a busy time over the festive period, Mr Riselli still had a few regular taxi runs to do before he decided to hang up his car keys for good and retire.

“I will miss all my friends at work as we really have a laugh together, but I’ve decided I’m going to retire – just because now I can,” he said.

Mr Riselli is still overwhelmed with the enormity of his win, but reality is now kicking in with news of his luck spreading as far as Italy, where his parents are originally from, and people getting in touch to congratulate him.

After treating family and friends, Mr Riselli is planning on moving house.

He wants a four bedroom home with a swimming pool but still in the Gloucester area, where he has lived all of his life.

He is also going to celebrate by arranging a big get together as a thank you for all his colleagues from the Grosvenor taxi rank, where he was self-employed for 12 years.

A holiday to Las Vegas is on the cards, but more than anything else, he just wants to have a great time with his family.

“I’m not going to play the lottery any more, as I’ve already conquered that ‘big win’ – it is someone else’s turn now,” he said.

“I may now be a multi-millionaire but I am still the same normal person I always was, just with a bit more loose change in my pocket.”

Mr Riselli bought his winning ticket from Seymoor Road Post Office, Seymoor Road, Gloucester.

Addressing the media at the Hatherley Manor Hotel, near Gloucester, he told how he always buys three lines for the Lotto draws on Wednesday and Saturday and saves up a batch to get them all checked at the same time.

After scanning the first ticket, the terminal in his local shop made an unusual noise and Mr Riselli was told he had matched five main numbers plus the bonus ball and should contact Camelot.

Taking the printout from the machine, he ran next door to his sister Lisa’s hair salon and excitedly shouted he had won the lottery, thinking at first he had pocketed a £240,000 win.

He said: “I try to get my tickets checked in the same shop and I have always said: ‘One day this machine is going to start smoking red hot because I will have hit the big one.’

“I can’t believe that it’s actually happened to me for real! I then called my brother Marco. I was shaking like a leaf and I told him I’d won £240k.

“He said he didn’t understand how that could be as he’d already checked his own ticket and didn’t remember that winning amount.

“He asked what numbers I’d got and when I told him he cried: ‘You’ve won the whole jackpot of £24 million.’

“It’s an amazing feeling and I’m absolutely over the moon.”

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