Moment taxi driver realised he’d won £24,000,000


Moment taxi driver realised he'd won £24,000,000
Taxi driver Amo Riselli, 50, already knew he had a winning ticket but had to phone Camelot to check how much he had won. (Picture: PA)

This is the moment a taxi driver realised he had scooped £24million on the lottery.

A grandfather is recording his voice so his grandchildren can hear it when they grow up

Amo Riselli, 50, from Gloucester, already knew he had a winning ticket but had to phone Camelot to check how much he had won.

The father-of-five, who was surrounded by his family in his living room when he made the call, screamed ‘oh my God!’ after lottery officials told just how much he had won.

Footage shows him on the phone to Camelot, confirming his name before erupting into screams after hearing the staggering amount.

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Footage shows him on the phone to Camelot, confirming his name before erupting into screams after hearing the staggering amount. (Picture: The National Lottery)

His neighbour Ray Hazell said: ‘I was walking past his house and he came running out to me, grabbed my shoulder pulled me in, and said “guess what?” I said “what?” he said “I’ve won the lottery it’s £24 million”.

‘He was shaking like a leaf, he couldn’t get himself together, I told him to sit down and calm down. He’s just a lovely man, I’m really happy for him.’

Mr Riselli had not realised he had won Wednesday’s draw for two days, during which time he kept the ticket in his glove compartment before going to his local shop to scan the several tickets he buys each week at the same time.

After scanning the first ticket, the Seymour Road Post Office terminal made an unusual noise and Mr Riselli was told he had matched five main numbers plus the bonus ball and should contact Camelot.

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He was surrounded by his family while he made the phonecall (Picture: The National Lottery)
Moment taxi driver realised he'd won £24,000,000
Mr Riselli celebrating with his family at Hatherley Manor Hotel in Gloucester after his big win (Picture: PA)

He then trusted his mother Maria to keep the ticket in a safe place and she stored it in a glass jar in the cupboard.

It wasn’t until after New Year’s celebrations were over that he decided to ring Camelot to find out his winnings.

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Despite knowing that he had scooped a large amount of money, the taxi driver still completed a few of his regular taxi runs before he decided to give up his job and retire.

Mr Riselli, who lives in a £180,000 terraced house in Gloucester, now plans to buy a Ferrari, a mansion with a pool and book a trip to Vegas.

In a press conference, he said: ‘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.

Moment taxi driver realised he'd won £24,000,000
Mr Riselli had bought the winning ticket from his local shop on Seymour Road, Gloucester (Picture: SWNS)

‘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.’

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He was joined by his 21-year-old daughter Bethany for the celebrations, who said: ‘Mum would have loved it.’

His wife Donna was found slumped over their Christmas tree in their home on December 16, 2013 by Mr Riselli, who had just returned from a gruelling night shift.

Despite calling an ambulance, she could not be saved.

Moment taxi driver realised he'd won £24,000,000
The new multi-millionaire 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. (Picture: PA)

Mr Riselli, who had survived a heart attack just weeks before Donna died. also paid tribute to his father, who died in 2003, saying: ‘I’m sure they are both looking down upon us now.’

Neighbour Mr Hazell said: ‘He was working nights and one night came home and found Donna dead. She’d had a heart attack and he found her collapsed over the Christmas tree. It was horribly sad.

‘My wife suffered a heart attack in bed two years ago but luckily I was there and called an ambulance and she was saved.

‘Now whenever Mr Riselli comes round to see us, he looks at my wife and says if only he was at home when Donna had her heart attack, perhaps he could have saved her.

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Moment taxi driver realised he'd won £24,000,000
Mr Riselli now plans to retire from his taxi-driver job (Picture: PA)

‘He says if only he wasn’t working so many hours she might still be here but it was totally out of the blue. No one was expecting it. Donna was fit and healthy.’

The father-of-five is now planning to share his winnings with his daughters, nine grandchildren, four brothers and sisters, and mother, Maria, who turns 80 in February.

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He is also planning to arrange a ‘thank you’ get together with friends from the Grosvenor taxi rank, where he was self-employed for 12 years.

The main numbers in Wednesday’s draw were 18, 36, 48, 57, 58, 59 and the bonus ball was 50.

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