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Football fan wins Sh8.9 million jackpot

It is a fairy tale of rags to riches as 31 year old Paul Wainaina joined the millionaires club after he bagged a staggering Sh 8.9 million in the Sport Pesa  Jackpot in Nairobi on Monday.

The father of two, who says that he is a “hustler” and does “anything” for a living, was left wearing broad smiles as he was presented with his cheque by Sport Pesa Chief Marketing Officer Kester Shimonyo.

He becomes the second person to win the jackpot since the betting company became operational in Kenya .The first winner was Andrew Muganda, who scooped Sh 5.3 million last year.

SH 200 BET

In an interview, a brimming Wainaina said that he placed a bet of a meagre Sh 200 which reaped him the millions that he says will change the course of his life.

“It was my fourth bet and I’m glad that God enabled me to win. I have always been a gambler from a young age and would encourage other people to continue betting. Sport Pesa is real,” he said.

“I played the game with my wife (Nancy Wanjiru) whenever I placed abet of Sh 200, I would load a similar amount on her phone to enable her try her luck too,” he said.

Despite striking gold, the Chelsea fan who resides in Huruma said he will continue to keep the same cycle of friends.


Asked on whether he would change his residential address, he offered a cheeky response that sent the room roaring in laughter.

“Whether I will shift is a difficult question at the moment. I can’t commit to it, but I have good friends there (in Huruma) but will see how it goes.”


The part time water vendor said that he is yet to decide on how to invest the cash, but was quick to explain that he will meet his family to discuss the matter.

To win the Jackpot, Shimonyo explained, one need to place a bet of as little as Sh 100 and get the prediction of all the 13 select games correct.

Of late, betting has become a popular trend in the city with many a football fan trying their luck. The English Premier League matches remains the most liked compared to local games.