A GLOUCESTER cabbie scooped £24 million on the lottery after he kept his winning ticket in his car for two days before realising he had hit the jackpot.
Amo Riselli (50) (above, with daughters) then checked his tickets at his local shop, before rushing next door to his sister (below right) Lisa’s hair salon, believing he had won £240,000.
One phone call to Camelot later and Mr Riselli realised he had in fact won £24 million. 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 it has actually happened though and it is an amazing feeling. I am absolutely over the moon.
Mr Riselli is now planning to move to a larger house in Gloucester, after treating family and friends to big ‘thank you’ party for all his colleagues at the city’s Grosvenor taxi rank.
A trip to Las Vegas is also on the cards, but Mr Riselli, who worked 70-hour weeks as a cabbie for 12 years, said his priority was to spend more time with his family. He added: “But, I’m not going to play the lottery anymore. I have already conquered the ‘big win’ so it is someone else’s turn now.”