28-year-old Samuel Abisai was an ordinary Kenyan citizen on Friday but come weekend, his fortunes changed after he won SportPesa’s mega jackpot of $2m.
Although Abisai has not so far articulated his clear plan for his winnings except the mention that he would support his brother’s football club back in his home in Western Kenya. He has also said he will not forget his friends whom he places bets with on the SportPesa website.
But what can $2m do for someone or for a country?
Here is a look at what it can do.
His cash prize can finance the construction of the Kenya Sports Academy. The National Treasury allocated approximately KShs.200 million (approx $1.9m) to build one. He would even remain with a KShs. 21 million balance.
One of Kenya’s greatest sporting exports is Tottenham’s midfielder Victor Wanyama. He is paid KShs. 1 million daily (approx $10,000). Abisai can pay his salary for seven months and 11 days. Michael Olunga is a Kenyan international who plies his football trade at Chinese Super league side Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng. The amount can pay his salary for 18 months. He is paid KShs.12 million per month (approx $117,000).
The amount can also finance the prize money in three of the World Marathon Majors richest races — Boston (KShs 71.3 million), Chicago (KShs76 million) and New York (KShs 53.9 million) — and still remain with Sh20 million. Or better still, pay the World Marathon Majors jackpot for two seasons and remain with Sh21 million.
Kenya’s Mary Keitany win at the London Marathon when she broke the women’s marathon record in a new time of 2:17:01 on April 23 is just a fraction of the jackpot.
She pocketed $305,000 (KShs30 million) in prize money and time bonuses — $55,000 (Sh5.5 million) for the win; $100,000 (KShs10 million) for finishing the race under two hours 18 minutes; $25,000 (KShs2.5 million) for the course record and $125,000 (KShs12.5 million) for the world record.
Abisai says he plans to invest some of the money in real estate and buy a car.
While speaking to The Standard, he said that he also wants to use the payout to fulfill one of his childhood dreams.
“My brothers and I played football and my elder brother, who has been a football coach, has always wanted to start an academy of sorts. Now that we have the money there is no excuse for not starting one,”
— SportPesa (@SportPesa) May 2, 2017