Ethiopian refugee Butamo smiles at MK54 million

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Jubilation engulfed a 33-year old Ethiopian national Temesgen Butamo after emerged the winner in Malawi’s soccer betting.

Butamo who is based at Nzaleka refugee camp in Malawi’s Central Region District of Dowa won MK54 million with a bet of only MK150 in a Premier Bet shop.

He won after two years of too little success in betting during which he spent between MK3,000 to MK10,000 every week.

Butamo had been betting in Premier Bet shops at Nzaleka and Lumbadzi on the outskirts of the Capital Lilongwe–first winning MK142,000, then MK75,000 and eventually winning the MK54 million.

He has been in Malawi for seven years and operates a grocery shop at Nzaleka refugee camp.

Butamo therefore says will use part of the money to empower some of his fellow refugees with small scale businesses.

“I look forward to continue running my business and expanding it in order to multiply the money I have won,” excited Butamo upon receiving his dummy cheque on Tuesday in the capital Lilongwe.

Premier Bet Overall Shops Manager for Central Region, Hopson Ntwana observed that Butamo’s winning should encourage more people to participate in betting so that they would also win even more money.

Ntwana however cautioned customers when betting, emphasizing that betting is just a game.

Premier Bet runs 60 betting shops and 200 agents across Malawi.

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