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Sportpesa comeback: Where Mega Jackpot winners live as jiranis

There is a misconception I am moneyed. The Truth is I don’t have the money. I know it’s hard to believe

The colour of money: Gordon Ogada and Samuel Abisai hit the Mother Lode when they won the highest mega jackpots in Kenya’s history, over Sh200 million a piece.

 By Idris ‘Shoes’ Lule

Contributing writer/Sports

Gordon Ogada, holed up in Nairobi’s Kibra slums where flying toilets are the order of the night. That was before he hit the Mother Lode, winning Sh230 million  SportPesa Mega Jackpot in February 2018.

His windfall was the highest any punter ever won in Kenya. Now SportPesa might soon be back in circulation. But where is Ogada?

 He confessed he had no money left having pumped it into long-term investments including several properties. There is also the collection of cars, otherwise how will the world know you have arrived and you’re there to stay? Ogada also bought his parents back in Migori County some livestock and a new home.

I don’t have the money just floating around like many people want to believe

Money never sleeps: From Kibra, Gordon Ogada now lives here among other high net worth home owners and tenants. [Pix: Chiriez Properties]

“There is a misconception I am moneyed. The Truth is I don’t have the money. I know it’s hard to believe,” explained Ogada. “I don’t have the money just floating around like many people want to believe. I am broke most of the time. The many investments drained me.”

That was just five months after the 30-year old made 17 correct predictions that earned him a meal ticket to Easy Street.

Among the properties Ogada bought was a house in Royale Finesse, the gated community in Kajiado County. That house is what he says “I can only count my properties for now. I don’t have money sitting somewhere.” An average house at Royal Finesse chalks up at around Sh19 million.

The master bedroom is ensuite with a walk-in closet, penthouse and a balcony overlooking the swimming pool

Lap of luxury: Samuel Abisai also moved from Roysambu off Thika Superhighway to sudden opulence. [Pix: Chiriez Properties]

Ogada lives there alongside another Jackpot winner, Samuel Abisai who took home Sh221 million in 2017 from SportPesa. Though some Kenyans had trolled for taking overseas trips when his father sold sisal ropes in Kakamega County, Abisai silenced his haters arguing “we will take time as a family to invest in the right things, not to impress. We won’t buy mandazi by the roadside because they’re there, we’ll buy because we need them.”

Ogada could be property rich, but cash poor. But he sure lives far from the madding crowd!

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From Roysambu off Thika Superhighway, Abisai now resides at Royal Finesse in one of the 78 town houses with five bedrooms with a guest wing. The master bedroom is ensuite with a walk-in closet, penthouse and a balcony overlooking the swimming pool. There is also a Club House, shopping mart, jogging lane and basketball court.

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Ogada could be property rich, but cash poor. But he sure lives far from the madding crowd!

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