What can you do with one shilling? Nothing, perhaps. Many see it as worthless, some do not even pick it. In supermarkets, it is even equated to sweets. But not for Paul Karanja and Ahmed Abdi. The two are now millionaires thanks to one shilling courtesy of betPawa, a new entry into the flooded betting market.
This is not fiction. Karanja and Ahmed staked just one shilling each, combining 26 teams in bet accumulators that yielded a whopping Sh3.8 million and Sh2.3 million windfall respectively. Karanja, a nurse, placed 10 different one-shilling multi-bets, and only realised he was on a winning path when 24 of the matches ended according to his predictions.
He nervously followed the remaining two through live score applications but still could not believe when the two concluded according to his prediction. He said: “I do not earn much so I opted to go for the cheapest option of one shilling.
I have been winning small amounts and never really thought I would get such a huge windfall”. “I want to service some loans then find a way of venturing into private practice.
Having won with one shilling, I will keep playing and hope to win again,” added, Karanja who was accompanied by his wife and brother during the cheque presentation ceremony in Nairobi yesterday.
Ahmed, a taxi driver, also placed several bets on a boring day when he was grounded by his ailing wife. “My wife was not feeling well so she told me not to go out. I then decided to look for games on the betting platform.
I decided to check how the matches were proceeding from the bed and when a realised I was close to the money, I became alert and followed the remainder to conclusion,” he said.