In 2017, Samuel Abisai hit the headlines when he won the Ksh221 million Sportpesa Jackpot after correctly predicting the outcome of 17 football matches.
Three years later, he has proved to be a financial success story, proof that even gambling fortune, when properly managed, can ensure financial freedom.
While appearing on Churchill Show on Sunday, October 25, Abisai disclosed that it took him a whole year to reflect and plan on how best to invest his fortune.
“I did not give the 10% (tithe) but I went to the church and asked the pastor what he wanted me to do for the place. He told me what he wanted and I sorted the church.
“I also asked the youth as well as Sunday School. I went to every department of the and asked them what they wanted, which they answered,” Abisai stated noting that he also took care of his mother from the money.
He revealed that when it was his father’s turn to benefit, he offered him life lessons that drive him till today.
“I asked my father what I could do for him but he told me not to take money from the windfall to treat him then. He asked me to treat him from the profit I would realise after investing the money.
“If he would have asked me to build something for him immediately, I think I would have wasted the money,” he noted.
Abisai further noted that he took on the mantra and would always use profit to uplift people who approached him for help.
After the win, Abisai revealed that he took a personal Holiday to Holland in Netherlands.
“I went to Holland to relax because I had friends there. At the time, I was dating but the girl did not I had money. I later told her I had won the lottery,” he remarked.
After gaining clarity and financial control, Abisai reveals that he started a number of businesses, some in partnership with his long term friends.
“There is a boy called Malik who is in Rongai and currently has a garage. It is not that I gave him money, we partnered and started a business from scratch. I have other friends I have helped.
“I have also employed some in my company. I got some people from Kakamega who work in Nairobi,” he recounted.
He had earlier received various calls from companies and individuals begging him to partner with them in exchange of shares.
“When the money came, people were promising to multiply it for me by offering me business proposals and I did not know how they got my number.
“I, however, asked myself which kind of projects I would pursue. I touched that money after one year. Right now, I have a business that I invested with Chinese to manufacture paints,” he clarified.
Prior to his win, Abisai had attended the University of Nairobi before getting a scholarship for China where he obtained skills to manufacture house and car paints.