Sunday, 8 December 2019

Taxi driver wins £25m Lottery jackpot

A taxi driver is celebrating after winning nearly £25 million on Lotto after matching just five numbers and the bonus ball.

Amo Riselli, 50, from Gloucester, scooped £24,501,283 in the must-be-won Lotto draw last Wednesday, which meant 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 a 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.

Lotto winner

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 magnitude 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 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.

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