John Manase Buko from Tana River County is the newest millionaire to walk away with the Sh24.8 Million mCHEZA Jackpot.
“This is not the first time I have placed bets; I have had my fair share of losses. I learnt to study the matches and the teams, keep records of their previous performance then place my bets. I am grateful that with all the research and hard work, I have finally won the jackpot,” said John, showing his calculations.
When thsoft-spoken winner received the confirmation message late Sunday evening, he kept mum, and only told his uncle with whom he lives in Mombasa. John, who works as a mechanical engineer at a power plant in Mombasa, is a twin and the second of six children.
Speaking during the press conference to receive his prize, John, 29, noted that winning the mCHEZA Jackpot required extensive research on the games and the teams’ history.
John set up a few small scale businesses including hawking mangoes in Mikindani to get through school. He aspires to use his newly acquired wealth to set up a service station to fix vehicles, owing to his passion for mechanical engineering.
Although he has joined the millionaires’ club, he appreciates his current job, and showed no signs of quitting. He also acknowledged the support of his uncle Eng. Mwaka Mungatana who was with him to receive his reward.
“Even though I have won 24.8 million today, I am passionate about mechanical engineering so I will still go back to work. The power plant enables me maximize my potential as an engineer, and also creates an opportunity for me to set up my garage business. I would like to thank my uncle for holding my hand through it all,” added John.
The event was attended by representatives from Betting Control and Licensing Board and financial advisors, Viva Consulting. While congratulating the winner, mCHEZA Chief Executive Officer Peter Karimi expressed commitment that the platform would continue support him with financial advice.
“We are proud that John is a young, talented and resilient person, and this jackpot has opened doors to enable him expand his business ventures. In our presence are top notch financial counselors who will equip him with the necessary financial management skills to ensure that his business thrives,” said Peter.
On her part, mCHEZA Director Julie Gichuru commended the winner for his patience, and encouraged customers to make sober gaming decisions. She added that the platform will continue to seek out and support talented youth in sports across the country.
“We are happy that we have been able to transform John’s life today, bringing him closer to his dreams. I would like to encourage our customers to play wisely and have fun in the process. Additionally, as you place your bet, part of it is changing lives of talented sports persons, and building their sporting careers,” said Julie.