Samuel Abisai (right), who won Sh221 million in the SportPesa mega jackpot and SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri. PHOTO | COURTESYSamuel Abisai (right), who won Sh221 million in the SportPesa mega jackpot and SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri. PHOTO | COURTESY
By EDDY KAGERA

The first-ever Sh221 million SportPesa Mega Jackpot winner Samuel Abisai will make his grand homecoming at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Saturday.

Abisai- who won Sh221,301, 602, the biggest payout in African gaming history so far, on the SportPesa platform- will be flown in for the celebration incorporating the region’s rich cultural heritage that is penned to start at 11am.

“We have put all our efforts so that Abisai gets the homecoming he deserves. It was his wish to share his moment with the people of Kakamega. Having risen from a humble background, he is keen to give youth in the region hope they can achieve what they set their minds on,” SportPesa Global Marketing Officer, Joyce Kibe, said.

Abisai, 28, who was unveiled to the public on Tuesday by SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri has been a topic of huge national and international interest following his windfall that came when he correctly predicted 17 out of 17 games last week.

“People of Kakamega must feel the effect of his win. He is talking of a sports academy,” Karauri advised Abisai who is a huge fan of SportPesa Premier League club, Kakamega Homeboyz.

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Among those expected at the fete include Elimah Khanaitsa, the first woman SportPesa jackpot winner who pocketed KSh22,049,424 in January last year, dignitaries and renowned celebrities from Kakamega.

Abisai and some members of his family will land at Kakamega Airstrip before being driven to Bukhungu in a convoy for the ceremony where community elders will play part.

Born into a family of 12, Abisai was forced to the streets early in life before being sponsored through school by Compassion International until he joined University of Nairobi to study Mandarin.

He completed his studies in China before being employed by a Chinese firm in Kenya on his return and was introduced to gaming by his younger brother last year.

The soft-spoken Abisai played last week’s mega jackpot twice before he made history with his winning ticket.

“He should be worth more than Sh221 million in the next two or three years. I will make sure he spends his money well. SportPesa will walk with him,” Karauri assured.