A student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ogun State, Whetode James, has emerged the first millionaire in the WinnerGoldenbet.com stakes.
The 25-year-old won N1,115,780.70.
The company’s Chairman Idowu Obasa presented a cheque with the amount to Whetode on Wednesday.
Speaking with The Nation, Whetode said he staked N800 and was lucky to have made his first millions from it.
The lucky student regretted that he could have made over N2 million in the stakes but for a slight miscalculation.
“Ordinarily I was expecting to win up to N2 million but I got a wrong code and it reduced my chances. This is my third month of trying my luck in this stake. My brother introduced me to it and, ever since then, I have been playing. Before now, I played more of Premier Lotto (Baba Ijebu),” Whetode said.
The winner said he would buy a plot of land in Badagry, adding that he had been under pressure since he won the lottery money.
“Ever since I won, moving around has been difficult. People keep pointing at me and showing friends that I have won N1 million in the stakes. Then my parents have been excited. In fact, I will never forget today and that particular Friday that I realised that I had become a millionaire,” he said.
Obasa told The Nation that he was excited that the organisation produce the first millionaire within few months of starting the business.
He said: “We can never run out of money. Sports betting business has come to stay and our duty is to ensure that our winners go home with their cash prizes. I must congratulate Whetode. I intend making him a brand ambassador for the company.”
The Chairman of Lagos State Footbal Association (FA), Seyi Akinwunmi, advised Whetode to invest the money wisely.