Everyone has dreamed of winning the lottery at one point or another and fantasised what they’d do with the money.
Yet few actually throw their hat in the ring and buy a ticket and as the saying goes: you have to be in it to win it.
Well one taxi driver is celebrating today (3 January 2018), after winning it nice and big, taking home nearly £25 million after matching just five numbers and the bonus ball.
50-year-old Amo Riselli, from Gloucester, pocketed £24,501,283 in the must-be-won Lotto draw last Wednesday, which meant the jackpot went to those who matched the most numbers.
Amo actually drove around with the ticket in his glove box for two days before he realised he’d scooped the jackpot.
The Dad-of-five won almost exactly four years after losing his partner Donna at the age of 41, who suffered a fatal heart attack on 16 December 2013.
He currently lives in a ‘modest’ semi-detached house but wants to splash out on a new four-bedroom property with a swimming pool.
He also wants the obligatory Ferrari.
I always buy three lines for the lotto draws on Wednesday and Saturday and save them up to check them all at the same time.
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.’
After I scanned the first ticket at the shop the machine made a weird noise. The shopkeeper said I’d matched five numbers and the bonus ball.
She said it was a large amount so the machine couldn’t pay out and told me to call Camelot.
Amo then ran to his sister’s salon next door and told her he’d won £250,000 before he called and told his brother, who worked out he’d actually won the full amount of £24 million.
I couldn’t believe I had a ticket worth £24 million in my glove box for two days. It’s amazing!
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.
It’s an amazing feeling and I’m absolutely over the moon.
Also at the celebrations today for Amo was Rugby legend Phil Vickery, whom Amo drove around for years during Phil’s career.
Me and Amo go back years. He was my trusted taxi driver and would take me everywhere.
He would take me to London for games and pick me up late at night, honestly you couldn’t hope to meet a nicer, more trustworthy guy.
This win could not have happened to a nicer bloke, I didn’t believe it when I heard he’d won, I thought it was a wind-up.
We get along great, he knows more about me than a lot of people, you get to know a lot about a person when you spend as much time in a car as we have.
I just hope to get a go of his Ferrari now.
— Phil Vickery MBE DL (@Phil_Vickery) January 3, 2018
Be right back, just going to put some cash on the next jackpot…