A man has won Sh20 Million jackpot (N63m) after his wife abandoned him because he was very poor. Now, the wife who is believed to be married to another man is begging to come back to him.
According to The Nation, Joseph Onywera, 62, a farmer in Kapiyo in Kano, Kisumu County, won the colossal amount in early June from Betway Company after he correctly predicted the outcome of 13 football matches in the English Premier League.
The man who is addicted to gambling has refused to take back his wife who ran away with another man after telling him to his face that she can never come back unless he died because of his poor background and money issues. But hardly a month after he hit the jackpot, she came back knocking.
“I saw her come into my compound and I wondered. She had told me to my face that she would only return after I die. So I told her to go away since I am still alive,” said Mr Onywera.
Speaking further on the incident, the Arsenal and Gor Mahia fan believes the woman, who is said to be married to a Tanzanian in Isebania, must have come back just because fortune had knocked at his door.
“Ever since she left, several incidents have happened that would attract her attention. My mother died but she did not turn up for her burial. My father also died and I had an accident, but she did not bother to check on us,” said the composed gambler.
But, he has revealed he has no plans for her as he is looking forward to marrying another woman, who, he said, stuck with him during his days of hardship.
“I am a humble rice and tomato farmer. A certain woman who respected and loved me when all I had was farming will be the one to live with me in this permanent house,” he said with a tone of finality.
He has started work on a three-bedroom house as he tries to put his money into good use. There is total transformation, almost overnight, for a man who could not have imagined he would one day afford a car.
Mr Onywere is not only the latest millionaire in the vicinity but practically a “private developer” as some of his village mates call him, The Nation reports.
He has bought two plots and is planning to develop an old one in the heart of the lakeside town of Kisumu. He has also ordered a pickup truck and a canter lorry which will help him deliver farm produce to the market as well as run other businesses on the side.
He said friends and relatives who had long forgotten about him in his simple life have returned. A number of people queued up in his house with all sorts of pleas, ranging from requests for school fees to calls for him to give to a church construction project.
“I am a good man. I have helped in several constructions in the church and assisted a number of my relatives and friends to build good houses and pay fees for their children,” he said.
The father of nine, who dropped out of school in Standard Three in 1967, did not jump for said he is using his head and expressed joy where gambling has taken him today.
“This is not the first price that would make my heart stop with joy. I started gambling over 15 years ago and although the amounts were not as huge as this, I have gotten over the excitement,” he said.
Onywera is the latest and proud millionaire in his community and everyone now respects him.