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Boda boda operator, hotelier share Sh21.1mn mCHEZA jackpot

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Edmond Ng'etich (left) and Richard Maina (right) after receiving their cheques on Tuesday evening. Maina was accompanied by his wife (Regina Kathini). PHOTO/TIMOTHY OLOBULU

Edmond Ng’etich (left) and Richard Maina (right) after receiving their cheques on Tuesday evening. Maina was accompanied by his wife (Regina Kathini). PHOTO/TIMOTHY OLOBULU

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 9- Richard Maina, a boda boda operator in Nairobi’s Kayole estate and a Kericho businessman Edmond Ng’etich have shared the latest mCHEZA jackpot of Sh21.1mn. The duo was presented with their cheques on Tuesday evening at a Nairobi hotel.

They shared contrasting situations that saw them become the latest millionaires in town. While Ng’etich had invested in research on various prediction sites, Maina who had just started betting on mCHEZA’s platform in June had gone for five random picks.

30-year old Ng’etich who runs a hotel business in Kericho town is more definite with his plans, disclosing he will expand his business.

“I had researched a lot about all the games and I had put in bets I was sure about. On Sunday, I was just following up on the last game involving RC Genk. By that time, 12 of my predictions had been correct and I was just waiting on the last one. Genk were playing to a draw but they scored the winner in added time and that’s how I got all my predictions right,” he told Capital Sport.

Maina, who was accompanied by his wife Regina Kathini and six-month old daughter Joy Wangeci said he relied on luck and says his win was ‘purely by God’s grace’.

Maina's wife Regina Kathini and six-month old daughter Joy Wangeci. PHOTO/TIMOTHY OLOBULU

Maina’s wife Regina Kathini and six-month old daughter Joy Wangeci. PHOTO/TIMOTHY OLOBULU

“I did not even care so much if I would win or not. I was just trying. I had invested so much in betting, I think to the sum of Sh20,000 but I had not won. Even as the games were being played, I wasn’t so keen with the results. I was just called and told I had won,” a visibly excited Maina said even as he disclosed he hadn’t thought about how he’ll use his newfound fortune.

His wife Kathini revealed she had tried to talk him off betting since he had been trying without winning, but the man couldn’t listen.

“She told me that we could put the money into better use, and it reached a point I was betting behind her back. When I told her I had won the jackpot, she was definitely excited,” Maina noted.

He said he is thinking of stopping the boda boda business as it was affecting his health and he will most likely put the money into a better business idea.

“At mCHEZA we are all about changing lives and this is just an example of how we have affected the lives of ordinary Kenyans,” CEO Peter Karimi said.

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