Kenya:SportPesa Jackpot winner to set up academy in Kakamega

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On 2 May 2017 saa 03:50
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SportPesa mega jackpot winner Samuel Abisai, 28, will dedicate a section of the windfall to helping his brother set up a football academy in Kakamega.

Abisai won Sh221.3 million after predicting correctly the outcomes of 17 listed games to become the first Kenyan ever to win the jackpot that was started in September 2016.

He was raised in Sichilai in Kakamega but his parents, who had 11 other children, entrusted him to an NGO called Compassion.

"I will use this money to uplift my family and the community at large," he said.

Abisai, who has been working as a salesman for a Chinese company, says he will stop betting but advised people to bet more.

SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri unveiled Abisai at Carnivore restaurant, Nairobi, together with Bonus winner Ahmed Ali, who goes home with Sh41 million.

Abisai was accompanied by his two sisters and three brothers who acknowledged having come from a poor background.

Karauri said the winner goes home with the whole amount, as a proposal to tax 50 per cent of a better’s winnings has not taken effect.

"I would also like to assure that we have in place a programme to ensure that the winners are taken through financial advise.

"We want to ensure that come two or three years from now, he will still look like someone who won Sh221 million and even better," Karauri said.

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SportPesa mega jackpot winner Samuel Abisai addresses journalists in Nairobi on May 2, 2017. He said he will dedicate part of the money to help his brother set up a football academy in Kakamega.

Source:Daily Nation