The expensive hobby of betting has gained traction in Kenya increasing the number of enthusiasts out to hit jackpots and strike fortunes of life.
For many who have grappled with life all through, becoming a millionaire overnight is a mind-boggling fortune that demands celebration of its kind.
Amidst the glamour of win-lose game, many people have become distressed, others committed suicide while others have broken up with the loved ones.
After a staggering lottery win, crippled Gabriel Muthini Ndolo from Kiganjo slums in Thika Sub County was first hit with a smile of relief having spent days in hospital recuperating his lifeless leg nerves.
Ndolo thought his life had taken a new dimension after news from a renowned betting company informed him that he had won Sh 2.5 million days after the Christmas Eve in the year 2017.
“After hitting the jackpot of Sh 2.5 from Shabiki.com, I was told to relocate to a more secure place for my safety. I moved to Gatukuyu village in Gatundu North where I rented a 1-bedroomed house,” Ndolo started his narration.
During the phenomenal call, Ndolo who had placed numerous bets with the company was told to confirm his astounding win on two local television stations which his wife Rosemary Wanjiru hurriedly did.
Wanjiru confirmed that the name of her husband accompanied by his identification numbers appeared on the television tagline making him the lucky winner of Sh 2.5 million on 28 December 2018.
According to Ndolo, unrelenting calls from friends, relatives and neighbors started to stream in congratulating him for becoming the unimaginable, new millionaire in the country.
“Some of the congratulatory messages came from my doctors who told me that God had come at a time that I needed Him most having suffered death of my leg nerves and which I have been struggling to resuscitate. Having been waived from hospital, most of my friends pleaded that I don’t forget them after formally receiving the money I had won,” he said.
Pressure however started to mount when he started to claim his win. Officials from Shabiki.com, a betting company affiliated with Royal Media Services are said to have informed him that his cheque was ready and that they had deposited the same to Equity Bank, Thika branch.
Ndolo narrated that the same officials paid him a visit at his newly relocated place where they captured photos, shot a video before leaving.
“They asked me if I could avail myself for a presentation at Thika stadium which I agreed. They later called me informing me that the stadium had been booked by a group of artists who were holding New Year celebrations,” he added.
The father of three who have been living with his jobless wife and his mother in-law said that since announcement of his win, Shabiki.com has been circling him with all manner of excuses dillydallying the payment process.
He said that a staff from Equity Bank, Thika only identified as Jacinta called him after maturity of his cheque informing him that a tax of 16 percent had been levied on the Sh 2.5 million.
“I have even recorded statements with the CID who asked that I take my bank statements. I was denied the latter by Jacinta who hitherto had told me that 16 percent tax of my money had already been imposed. After cross-examining my account, it read zero,” he narrated.
Efforts to seek answers to Ndolo’s intrigues landed on deaf ears as the bank management declined to disclose any information relating to the puzzle.
Ndolo who now wants the government to intervene, help him claim his lucky win to salvage his situation said that the company warned him against addressing press about the matter.
“They have told me severally not to dare express myself to any media promising to give me my money but the lengthened delay has left me without options,” he said.
The wailing man said he had endured pressure from friends who labeled him a selfish man who only abandoned them after the win.
His wife Wanjiru said she had called the company severally without any fruits coming forth. “I have actually been asking them to clear the air as to whether they only wanted to do an advert using my husband. His blood pressure has risen alarmingly due to stress,” emotionally stated Wanjiru.
latestnewskenya.com went ahead to seek a comment from the company in question which declined to comment citing that Ndolo had not lodged an official complain to them.
Julian Macharia, a staff at Shabiki.com however confirmed that Ndolo was a bonified and registered member with them.