Frontline gaming and entertainment company Western Lotto Nigeria Limited Wednesday formally presented a cheque of N15m to the first winner of the jackpot on its platform, Miss Dorcas Nwagbara.
Nwagbara won in the Powerball draw on August 13. Powerball is one of seven international lottery games on the Western Lotto platform. The N15m prize is arguably the highest winning on any lottery in Nigeria.
An elated Miss Nwagbara, a microbiology graduate of the Imo State University and entrepreneur, said she was initially in shock when she received a call informing her of her win.
She stated, “As you can imagine, I am super excited. Friday, September 15, was one of the most exciting days in my life so far. I woke up that morning, and I did not even know that my name was everywhere. My name was trending.
“I then got a call from Western Lotto. Apparently, they had been trying to reach me all of Thursday, September 14. I had won the jackpot on Wednesday, September 13.
“Initially thought it was a call from one of the utility service providers and I was like “not again”. I picked up the call, and the next thing I heard was, “Congratulations! You won the N15million Powerball Jackpot. I was like, ‘Can you say that again’? The caller confirmed.
“I do not know what to say but to thank God. I just want to thank God, and I also want to encourage whoever is playing Western Lotto games to keep playing. I played up to 11 lines the day I won. So, just keep playing. It would come.”
At the ceremony Wednesday, the company presented a symbolic cheque to mark the winning.
Western Lotto managing director Mr Yomi Ogunfowora said the company was as excited as the winner. “The win by Dorcas confirms our claim that our customers can win every prize on offer across all our games and that we would honour such wins”, Ogunfowora stated. He added: “As we celebrate Ms Dorcas Nwagbara, we believe her winning cheque of N15m will invite Nigerians to join us in a world of fun and hope for a better lifestyle.”
Western Lotto Nigeria Limited offers seven international lottery games under license from the Nigerian Lottery Regulatory Commission. The games are Powerball, Euro Jackpot, LottoRace, Euro Millions, Mega Millions, Kashman and UK Lotto.
Ogunfowora said the company was committed to upgrading the lifestyles of customers. He added, “The terms of reference of Western Lotto is to bring fun and hope to the Nigerian public. Hope is one of the fundamentals of life and is particularly important in difficult periods such as the one Nigeria is passing through. We bring to the Nigerian consumer games that offer opportunities to change the narrative of their lives. Just one winning combination with minimal expenditure can modify the life story of a subscriber.”
Brand ambassadors of the company joined at the presentation. Present at the event were Olu Jacobs, Jide Kosoko, Kemi Afolabi, and Odunlade Adekola. Others were Paul Obazele, Tuface Idibia and Ramsey Noauh.
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