Sidney Osahon, a software engineer, who was on the verge of being evicted by his landlady, has won the N20m Give ‘n’ Take national lottery jackpot in Abuja.
The 35-year old native of Edo State explained that he was contemplating selling his mother’s landed property in the Federal Capital Territory, when he received information last Sunday that he is now N20m richer.
While speaking to journalists on Thursday in Abuja, Osahon said he had been playing the lottery for some time, noting that his win came at the time his landlady was threatening to evict him.
He said , “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.
The Managing Director, Give ‘n’ Take lottery, Jolly Enabulele, disclosed that Osahon played the lottery with N 100, noting that his win, from available records, is the biggest lottery prize in the history of lottery in the country.
He further explained that Osahon won the N20 million jackpot because the first winner failed to claim the prize, adding that the money was rolled over to another week and Osahon won the star prize.
The organisers stated that the jackpot winner would be presented his cheque on Sunday by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission officials.