Sh20 Million Jackpot Winner Turns Away Estranged Wife Who Returned to Him after News of His New Fortune
A Sh20 million jackpot winner refused to welcome his estranged wife who had returned to him after she heard of his extraordinary luck.
Joseph Onywera, 62, a farmer in Kapiyo in Kano, won the colossal amount in early June from Betway Company after he correctly predicted the outcome of 13 football matches in the English Premier League.
The gambling addict has been living with his son. His first wife, Truphena, died in 1996. His second wife, Ms Anyango, left him in 2010 following a disagreement over money.
But hardly a month after he hit the jackpot, she came back knocking.
“I saw her come into my compound and I wondered. She had told me to my face that she would only return after I die. So I told her to go away since I am still alive,” said Mr Onywera.
The Arsenal and Gor Mahia fan believes the woman, who is said to be married to a Tanzanian in Isebania, must have come back just because fortune had knocked at his door.
“Ever since she left, several incidents have happened that would attract her attention. My mother died but she did not turn up for her burial. My father also died and I had an accident, but she did not bother to check on us,” said the composed gambler.
He is looking forward to marrying another woman, who, he said, stuck with him during his days of hardship.
“I am a humble rice and tomato farmer. A certain woman who respected and loved me when all I had was farming will be the one to live with me in this permanent house,” he said with a tone of finality.
Visiting his newly fenced-off and gated compound, one can see over 10 construction workers busy, some putting up a three-bedroom house while others are constructing pit latrines.
The mad-walled house from where he spoke to the Nation was also freshly built to keep him from the old one, whose walls had begun to fall off.
There is total transformation, almost overnight, for a man who could not have imagined he would one day afford a car.
Mr Onywere is not only the latest millionaire in the vicinity but practically a “private developer” as some of his village mates call him.
He has bought two plots and is planning to develop an old one in the heart of the lakeside town of Kisumu.
He has also ordered a pickup truck and a canter lorry which will help him deliver farm produce to the market as well as run other businesses on the side.
He said friends and relatives who had long forgotten about him in his simple life have retuned in full swing.
A number of people queued up in his house with all sorts of pleas, ranging from requests for school fees to calls for him to give to a church construction project.
“I am a good man. I have helped in several constructions in the church and assisted a number of my relatives and friends to build good houses and pay fees for their children,” he said.