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Ex-banker bags Sh27.2m SportPesa jackpot

It was belated valentines gift for 32-year-old retired banker has become the second woman to win the SportPesa Midweek Jackpot after making 13 correct football matches predictions last week.

Violet Wandaho Gathu, a single mother of one won Sh27,246,319 over the weekend after guessing the outcome of 13 football matches featuring, among others, last Wednesday’s Champions League game between Real Madrid and Paris St Germain where the home team won 3-1.

“I placed a bet and since I am not a football fan, I did not bother to follow up on the results. I was, therefore shocked to get a congratulatory message in the wee hours of Saturday that I had won the Jackpot!” said Violet, a Nakuru resident.

Violet retired from working at a local bank last December following a restructuring programme in which her employer offered staff the option of voluntary early retirement due to a challenging business environment in the banking sector.

She then started a clothes selling business which is yet to pick up, a fact she attributes to depressed purchasing power among clients due to a prolonged political season. “Business has not been going so well.

I am therefore happy that I have won this money which can see me through these tough times,” said Violet. Violet’s win is the second overall jackpot win by a woman on SportPesa. The first ever woman to win the company’s jackpot was businesswoman Elimah Khanaitsa who bagged Sh22,049,424 in January 2016.

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