Taxi Driver Scoops £24.5 Million National Lottery Jackpot

A Gloucester taxi driver is the latest person to receive the title of 'Jammiest Man Alive' after winning a £24.5 million ($33.1m) National Lottery jackpot.

Amo Riselli, 50, a taxi driver from Gloucester in the south-west of England, was pictured celebrating his £24,501,283 win with his five daughters and plans to get partying right away.

Riselli, who plans to buy a Ferrari and a mansion with a pool with the cash, paid tribute to his late partner Donna Sciberras and his late father who died in 2003, saying: "I'm sure they are both looking down upon us now."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Riselli told the Daily Mail: "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. The difference is just now I have a bit more loose change in my pocket."

Riselli plans to share some of his new-found riches with his five daughters, nine grandchildren, four brothers and sisters, and his mum, Maria, who turns 80 next month.

Amazingly, Amo didn't even have all six numbers that were drawn last Wednesday 27 December - he won because the jackpot rolled down to people whose numbers matched five numbers and the bonus ball - which only his did.

Neighbour Barbara Hazell didn't begrudge Amo his victory, calling Amo a 'hardworking family man' who survived a heart attack just weeks before his partner Donna died from a heart attack in December 2013.

The Hazells revealed that Amo suffered the heart attack after pulling 70-hour weeks to provide for his family, and got back to work within just six weeks.

"He's been on his own now for a while. Donna had a heart attack in the middle of the night. Amo was working so wasn't there. It was very sad," Barbara said.

"He has been a wonderful friend to us... If he does move it will be sad to see him go, but hopefully he can now stop working and give himself a rest."

Riselli's home in Gloucester. Credit: PA
Riselli's home in Gloucester. Credit: PA

Riselli did not even realise that he'd won the jackpot for two days until he returned to the shop where he bought the tickets to scan them in.

As a result, the family had a normal Christmas and New Year, with Riselli deciding to do a few more taxi runs before giving up his job for good.

"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.

Second-generation Italian immigrant Riselli now plans to treat his family and friends before moving into a new home in the Gloucester area, where he has lived all of his life.

He also plans to arrange a thank you party for his old taxi rank colleagues and book a holiday to Las Vegas. Seems like a pretty good way to spend his winnings, if you ask us.

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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