Kenyan wins $2m in Football Betting Jackpot

Samuel Abisai (R) has said he will never bet again

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A Kenyan punterSamuel Abisai has won more than Ksh200million ($2M) after correctly predicting the outcome of 17 football matches.

Samuel Abisai is said to have placed about ksh200 ($2) on two separate jackpot picks, betting firm SportsPesa  and said he will never bet again after winning

SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri personally phoned the bettor to alert him of his windfall, which marks the first time the company’s MJP prize had been awarded. Earlier this year, a pair of bettors’ shared a Sh62m prize after coming up one match short on their 17-game MJP sheet.

The bettor earned his record haul after placing two wagers of just Sh 100 each. After the first 15 of his 17 picks had come in as predicted, the bettor and a buddy went out on the town to celebrate early. After alerting the punter as to the outcome of the final two matches, Karauri advised him to call it a night, advice the bettor reportedly heeded.

The scale of the bettor’s bonanza is all the more impressive when you consider that the average monthly income in Kenya is less than Sh12k. The country’s social media users are already creating memes on what various aspects of the national economy the punter could afford to underwrite.

Later on Monday the company’s boss Ronald Karauri led a convoy, including a stretch limousine, to pick up Mr Abisai from his home in the small town of Thika 45km (27 miles) north-east of the capital, Nairobi.

The payout is reportedly one of the biggest ever paid in Africa.

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