Charles Thuku and Sandra Wekesa @PeopleSports11
When Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama hit that 88th minute wonder-goal that brought Tottenham back into the game in an English Premier League clash against Liverpool on Sunday, he did not know that it would soon change the fortunes of a young man back home.
The newest multimillionaire in town, Gordon Ogada Paul, believes his luck turned the moment Wanyama, blasted from range to bring Spurs level at 1-1 during the clash at Anfield.
Ogada, a 35-year-old resident of Kibera slum, won an incredible Sh230,742,881 after correctly predicting the outcome of 16 games played last weekend and one public live draw conducted on Tuesday after one game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on last week’s SportPesa Maga Jackpot.
The avid gamer had placed three bets of Sh100 on the Mega Jackpot and had stopped watching the tight match between Liverpool and Tottenham, which was the 13th game on the mega jackpot, after the first half ended with Liverpool one goal ahead.
“I left the place where I was watching the match to head home only to be called by a friend that Wanyama had scored a goal in the 88th minute, keeping alive my hopes for a draw to make my prediction for the match correct,” said Ogada who, has been working as a community health officer for Kemri CDC. The game later ended in a 2-2 draw, taking Ogada one step to actually take home the Mega Jackpot.
His win came after a public live draw conducted by SportPesa for the result Saturday’s match between French teams Troyes and Dijion which failed to take place due to a waterlogged pitch. “Life has not been easy ever since my parents died 20 years ago.
I am therefore so grateful for this win. I thank God that he has come through for me,” he added. This is the highest jackpot win in the region’s gaming history, breaking the record set by 27-year-old Samuel Abisai, SportPesa’s first Mega Jackpot winner, who took home Sh 221,301,602 in April 2017. Ogada hinted at plans to invest largely in real estate as well as build a decent family home in his rural area in Migori.
His win means the Mega Jackpot has been reset to the minimum starting amount of Sh100 million which will keep on increasing weekly until it is won. “We are extremely excited that someone has finally won this money as we are always saying, we are made of winners.
But our mega jackpot offering is about much more than just betting and winning. It represents our will to change people’s lives and shows our commitment to our local customers who have been a pillar of support to our business,” said SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri.