Sports punters mint millions from Betika Midweek jackpots

Friday, July 23rd, 2021 00:00 |
The five punters who won a Sh 15m Betika Midweek Jackpot before getting bonuses. Photo/PD/COURTESY

Edwin Otieno

It was a Wednesday like no other for several gamers on the Betika platform as five bets midweek jackpots were clinched.

Punters Josiah Manyara, James Kipyegon, Stephen Angayia, James Chirchir and Francis Ebei will share Sh15 million after winning the mid-week jackpot.

One of the winners, Stephen Angayia, had two winning bets, bringing the total number of winning tickets to six. 

The betting firm decided to boost their winnings with an extra Sh 6 million; meaning that the winners will now share Sh 21m instead of Sh 15m, giving each punter a gross of Sh 3.5m. 

Angayia, a die-hard football fan, admitted to watching football matches from as far as Kazakhstan, to be able to predict correctly.

He placed multiple bets using his two phone numbers and his two-winning bet-slips landed him a cool Sh 7m. 

He told People Sport that he will be spending part of his windfall on enrolling to a university to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering.

 “I can comfortably say that Betika has changed my life, I had sold part of my land last year to keep my family afloat. It’s not easy out here and my family was depending on me,” he said.

Josiah Manyara a tailor in Nyamira and James Kipyegon a businessman in Ngong plan on securing their family’s future by expanding their businesses and saving for rainy days.

Speaking during the cheque hand over, Betika’s Senior Product Manager, Kent Kagicha expressed his delight at the new millionaires in town.

“Gaming is entertaining and all about precision. Josiah Manyara, James Kipyegon, Stephen Angayia, James Chirchir and Francis Ebei not only win Sh 15 million, Betika has boosted their winnings with an extra Sh 1 million each bringing the total win to Kshs. 21 million.

The winners will also benefit from partnership with a credible Financial Advisory firm to offer them both financial and legal advice on prudent use of their winnings,” said Kagicha.

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