A 35-year-old software engineer, Sidney Osahon, who was about to be ejected by his landlady for owing rents, has won the N20m Give ‘n’ Take national lottery jackpot in Abuja.
Osahon, who hails from Edo State said he was contemplating on selling his mother’s land in Abuja when he received the surprising news last Sunday that he has joined the millionaire league.
Osahon, while speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, disclosed that he had been playing the lottery for a while and his win came just at the time his landlady was threatening to evict him due to his inability to pay rents.
“I owed my landlady a few months’ rents and she had been threatening to evict me. In fact, the day I received the news of my win, she had sent me an SMS in the morning that she was coming for a showdown over the arrears of rent.
“My mother was saying maybe we should sell her parcel of land in Abuja and use part of the proceeds to settle the rent, but I felt that was not a progressive thing to do. So, I prayed to God that I am tired of paying rent and that I would like to move into my own house, and God did it for me; I am now a landlord,” Osahon said.
He added that when he informed his mother that he had won N20million, he said she couldn’t believe it.
He said, “When I told her that I had got the money to build my house, she didn’t believe it. She said, ‘I would faint’.”
The Managing Director, Give ‘n’ Take lottery, Jolly Enabulele, said that Osahon played the lottery with N100 and his win according to records is the biggest lottery prize in the country, adding that he won the N20m jackpot because the first winner failed to claim the prize and the money was rolled over to another week when Osahon won the prize.
Enabulele said, “It will interest you to know that a ticket on December 24, 2017 emerged the first ticket to win the N20m bonanza, but failed to come forward within seven days to claim his winnings.
“That failure and in keeping with our avowed promise to ensure that someone wins the national jackpot prize, we held a second electronic draw after the weekly jackpot draw, which then saw Osahon join the millionaires’ club.”
He therefore, said that Osahon would be presented his cheque on Sunday by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission officials.