September 19th 2017

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Nairobi salesman scoops Sh221 million SportPesa Jackpot​

''My circle will not change because I come from a humble background, I know I will also make new friends,'' he said. He said he will still circulate in his circle of friends, especially fellow sports gamers with whom he discusses outcome of football matches while placing bets.

By David JagongoTuesday, 02 May 2017 17:43 EAT

SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri (left) presents a Sh221,301,602 dummy cheque to SportPesa Mega Jackpot winner Samuel Abisai in Nairobi today. (Photo: Vincent Munga).

A twenty eight year-old salesperson, Samuel Abisai, is the winner of the Sh221,301,601 inaugural SportPesa Mega Jackpot - the biggest sports gaming win in Africa so far. At the cheque presentation ceremony in Nairobi Tuesday, SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri described Abisai, a fluent Chinese Mandarin speaker, as a history-maker, confirming the fact that he won the biggest jackpot in Africa's gaming history.

Tuesday was also a good day for another Kenyan, Ahmed Ali, who the Sh41 million bonus not long after he landed in Nairobi from Qatar. "I am very happy, I don't know what to say, my first plan is to rest as I plan what to do with my fortune'', said Ali.


SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri (left) present a Sh 41million cheque to Bonus winner Ahmed Ali (centre) in Nairobi today.

 Abisai, who hails from Sichilai, Kakamega County, started trying his luck in the Mega Jackpot in September 2016, when the multi-million phase rolled off at Sh1 million. Apparently, having won Sh30,000 in the past, the football lover kept on trying his luck and Lady Luck finally gave him the coveted big smile-the Mega Jackpot. He is a former fan of AFC Leopards who switched allegiance to Kakamega Homeboyz, both being Kenya Premier League clubs.

Abisai, who lives with his younger brother in Nairobi, said his win on Sunday was unbelievable but very good news to him and his family which had a rough start in life. "When I was called by SportPesa CEO (Ronald Karauri in the middle of the night, I was so happy, I was standing outside a petrol station jumping up and down so much", he said.

After carefully following on the outcomes of 15 football matches of the Mega Jackpot, Abisai said he started celebrating with friends as he had already reached the threshold of  bonus payouts not knowing that he will eventually win the top prize.

Asked if he will cut links with his friends and move to higher circles now that he is a millionaire, Abisai said no. ''My circle will not change because I come from a humble background, I know I will also make new friends,'' he said. He said he will still circulate in his circle of friends, especially fellow sports gamers with whom he discusses outcome of football matches while placing bets. Two friends of his, whom he named, will certainly benefit from the windfall. I will give them something'' he said and thanked SportPesa for giving to society.

Although he is not that much of a sports fan, assist his brother, a football coach, plans to establish a football academy in Kakamega County and also use the money won to improve the welfare of his parents and entire family. ''I come from a family of 12, I have eights sisters and four brothers. My life has not been easy''. He thanked Compassion, an NGO for helping move his life forward at a certain stage in his life.

Abisai dropped out of crowded Economics class in the second year at the University of Nairobi, worried by the prospects of not securing a job after graduating, opting to study Chinese language. In the meantime, he will invest some of the money in his side hustle- tailoring business-while seeking advice on how to invest the rest of his fortune.

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