Ethiopian refugee wins K54 million


Ethiopian refugee Temesgen Butamo has won K54 million after betting with Premier Bet, predicting correctly results of 11 football games of overseas leagues.

Butamo (L) receiving a cheque

Based at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa, the 33-year old was presented the cheque during a ceremony held in Lilongwe yesterday.

Speaking to the media after receiving the cheque, Butamo said he was pleased to finally win big after two years of betting.

“This can only be God. Since I started betting I have never won such an amount. Before this, I won twice. At first around K70,000 and over K430,000,” he said.

The winner, who operates shops at Dzaleka said he will use the money to boost his business.

“In addition to that I will use the money to support some needy people at the camp,” he said.

Premier Bet overall shops manager for Central Region Hopeson Ntwana said Butamo’s win signals another milestone.

“Butamo is the second highest winner so we are exciting. It just signals that we are real and committed towards improving lives,” he said.

“We don’t have any limit on how we can cash payout because we are very solid. A winner should be assured that they are supposed to be settled out within a few days

“We emphasise on responsible gambling by carrying out awareness campaign to use the innings wisely by investing in something tangible.

“We are thrilled to hear from this winner, who is an agribusiness person who said he makes sure his business is never affected when he carries out gambling,” he said.

He also emphasized that people are cashing out hundreds of thousands of kwachas on a daily basis after predicting correctly.