Cabbie Amo Riselli has picked up his last fare – after winning almost £25 million on the lottery.
The 50-year-old 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.
Amo, a father to five daughters, scooped £24,501,283 in the must-be-won Lotto draw last Wednesday.
As it was a busy time over the festive period, he 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.
His mother, Maria, was given the responsibility of keeping the ticket in a safe place after they had confirmed the win with lottery operator Camelot.
She stored it in a glass jar in the cupboard of the family home, checking it was still there every time she walked by.
After treating family and friends, Amo 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 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.”
Amo said he always bought three lines for the Lotto draws on Wednesday and Saturday and saved 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 he 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.
“I then called my brother Marco. I was shaking like a leaf and I told him I’d won £240,000,” 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.’”
The Lotto jackpot is capped at £22 million and once it is reached the sum has to be won in the next draw – either with all six numbers or the next tier.
Amo was the only player to match five and the bonus ball. The main numbers were 18, 36, 48, 57, 58, 59 and the bonus ball was 50.