The newest multi-millionaire in town, Cosmas Korir, plans to share his Sh208 Million windfall with two of his friends who helped him decide on the teams to place a bet on.
Speaking on Monday at his office where his colleagues paid him a visit, the cash crop director at West Pokot County narrated how he had cooperated with his friends and promised each other to share should they win.
“We were three of us and as usual we sat down and strategized on the teams we should bet our money on. My friends did not have money, so I shared with them Sh200 so that they could bet on five teams each while I decided to bet on seven teams,” he said.
He added: “After placing our bets, we went on with our businesses. On Sunday, a strange number kept calling as I drove prompting me to answer and challenge the caller to wait until I arrive at my destination.
“The caller on the line announced to me that I was the mega jackpot winner. I stopped my car to digest the information I had been given. Initially, as we placed our bets, we promised each other to share the price money. I will still do the same to my friends who assisted me in selection of teams,” said Korir.
On his Facebook page, where he is known as Korinyang Kipngetich Korir, he wrote: “God works in mysterious ways. God saw it fit to add value to me. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. (Jeremiah 17:7).”
Korir, who vied for a parliamentary seat in Konoin constituency in Bomet County through Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) ticket and lost, correctly predicted 17 games in the Sportpesa Mega Jackpot to win Sh208, 733,619.
He said he placed the bet using Sh100 and that his previous predictions have not gone past ten games.
“I have predicted the same before but I hardly won ten games. But I have never lost hope of gamble and the win has paid off for my persistence,” he said.
Narrating his phone call with Cpt Ronald Karauri, Korir said: “The Sportpesa CEO called me and told me I was the winner and I felt like it was a joke.”
He added: “In fact it I am still in doubt that I actually won the amount.”
The 40-year-old, however, said he was yet to make his mind on what to do with the money.
“Of course I will give 10 percent of the money to God. As a Christian I have no option and as an appreciation for the favour,” added Korir.