Amo Riselli, 50, had an amazing Christmas after winning the lottery. Not only is he planning to swop his cab for a Ferrari, he also wants to upgrade his £110,000 terraced home for a large four-bedroomed property with a swimming pool. After all that, its Viva Las Vegas for a trip of a life-time!
Mr Riselli, from Gloucester, won the jackpot even though he didn’t have all six numbers in the must-be-won draw. With no ticket holder having the full set to scoop the top prize on the lottery, the jackpot rolled down the next person who had matched five numbers and the bonus ball.
Winning Lotto Euphoria
The latest lottery jackpot winner is a father-of-five, whose parents are originally from Italy. He said that he loves to play the UK Lottery and always purchases at least three lines for the Wednesday and Saturday draws.
It’s a good thing he did as he’s dedication to the lotto game proved extremely lucrative when he eventually double checked the lottery tickets at his local shop.
After checking the lottery tickets, and thinking that he had won £240,000, he ran next door to his sister Lisa's hair salon and excitedly told her the news.
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."
Gathering his family (including his mum Maria, 80) in the living room, Mr Riselli rang Camelot to confirm his win.
Up until the time where Riselli could go into the lottery offices, he said that he kept the lottery ticket in a glass jar in the cupboard and regularly checked to make sure it was still there.
Riselli told lottery officials when claiming his prize that he has decided to retire and host a big bash for all his taxi colleagues.
"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.
He continued saying that he will be hosting a huge thank-you party for all his colleagues from the Grosvenor taxi rank, where he was self-employed for 12 years.
He also really wants to upgrade his home to a four-bedroomed home with a swimming pool in the Gloucester are, where he’s always lived.
Once that’s been accomplished he wants to go on his dream vacation to Las Vegas. More than anything though, he said that he wants to have a great time with his family.
Unlike most lottery players, who have won the jackpot, Riselli said, "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."
Riselli wasn’t the only taxi driver however to win big on the National lottery. Transgender Melissa Ede, 57 also won £4 million on a scratch card.
Unfortunately, Melissa’s family unit isn’t as tight as the Riselli’s, as she has had a difficult path with her children over the years.
She said: “The transgender fight to where I am now has been a difficult path. I received my operation almost seven years ago and I am really proud of who I am today.
She continued saying, “It’s brilliant I’ve won this £4m but, as I said, I don’t want fake love because I have got money," Melissa said.
"I now want to help others in similar situations and believe my autobiography will do just this. What a fairy-tale ending. It is all just like a dream."
On New Year’s Eve she teased her social media followers with the words: “As 2017 comes to an end I would just love to say, you really ain’t seen nothing yet.”
She added: “I will prove the impossible is actually possible. Stay tuned.”
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