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Family Hits 2 Million Jackpoth 

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A family in Nakuru is celebrating its triumph after winning the Sh2 million jackpot in the M-Cheza sports betting competition.

 

Eric Kibet, a father of one, could not hide his joy at the victory after numerous futile attempts over the last three weeks.

 

The 36 year old police officer says he has spent more than Sh 20, 000 in his betting spree and he had only won Sh 5, 000 last month.

 

The good news on Sunday from an anonymous caller from M-Cheza betting Company came through at his lowest moment when he was ill.

 

His wife Lydia has lately been trying her hand in betting and has been encouraging him to bet more for luck.

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The optimistic Kibet now intends to use the money to develop his plot and to help his wife complete her undergraduate studies at a local university.

 

The winner says contrary to popular beliefs of fraudsters running the show, the betting competition is real and is increasingly revolutionizing livelihoods of millions of unemployed youth participating in the competition every day.

 

He called on the government to reconsider its punitive regulatory measures on betting companies to allow many of such companies to operate in Kenya and benefit many other young people.

 

Among the regulatory measures was a 35 percent tax on betting companies a move the companies protested saying the tax rate was exorbitant and it would put them out of business.

 

 

By Anne Mwale

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