Thanks to his mother for storing his winning ticket safe in her lucky glass jar up in the cupboard, Amo Riselli, 50, has won over £24.5m in the Lotto. This all happened after the massive jackpot rolled down to those who had matched five numbers and the bonus ball as opposed to matching all the balls.
The cab driver had the news confirmed by Camelot after he made the purchase from Seymour Road Post Office in Gloucester, England. The location of the winning ticket purchase is somewhat surprising considering the Lottery published a list of the most lucky post codes and Gloucester wasn't even near the top.
Initially thinking that he had won £240,000, Mr Riselli was informed by his brother over the phone that he had actually earned £24.5m from his lucky endeavour. While waiting for the Camelot offices to reopen, he continued to drive customers over the festive period in his cab.
Maria Riselli, Amo’s mother, kept the winning ticket safe by keeping it in a glass jar in the cupboard, checking it was there every day. A video of Mr Riselli and his family celebrating after speaking with Camelot has begun circulating online. Mr Riselli said of his jackpot win:
"I can’t believe that it’s actually happened to me for real! I called my brother Marco. I was shaking like a leaf and I told him I’d won £240k. He asked what numbers I’d got and when I told him he cried: ’You’ve won the whole jackpot of £24m’. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m absolutely over the moon."
Mr Riselli was due a change of fortune after suffering a heart attack in December 2013, just weeks before his partner Donna tragically passed away. Considered a workaholic amongst friends and relatives, he drove 70 hours a week to provide for his family. Unsurprisingly, the Evening Standard reported that Mr Riselli is going to retire from driving his taxi and says that he does not plan on playing the lottery again:
“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. 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. 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.”
Following the life changing win, a trip to Las Vegas and a massive party to celebrate with work friends from the Grosvenor taxi rank is now on the horizon for Mr Riselli, as is a four bedroom house with a swimming pool in the Gloucester area, where he has lived his entire life.
In the draw, which took place on December 27th, nobody managed to get all six balls and Mr Riselli was the only person to match five including the bonus balls. Whenever no 6-ball winners are found, 5-ball are then used. The numbers won with were 18, 36, 48, 57, 58, 59 and the bonus ball was 50.
The National Lottery must be bought through their own dedicated services but players looking to play the lottery without actually having to drive to a local shop and purchase a physical ticket can utilise online lottery sites to buy tickets for other major lottery draw as well as bet on the lottery and even join virtual syndicates!