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In Sierra Leone, History Repeats Itself in Lotto ‘Kick Po’ Draw
By Mohamed Kanu
Jul 28, 2010, 17:12

‘History has again repeated itself in the History book of the Sierra Leone State Lottery, the first and only state lottery company in Sierra Leone,’ so was this memorable pronouncement made over the weekend by Lotto Managing Director, Mr. Abu Bakarr Kamara in the presentation of a cheque of Le 4,125,000 (Four million one hundred and twenty five thousand Leones) to one Mohamed M. Fadiga at their Conference Hall, Tower Hill in Freetown.

Mr. Mohamed M. Fadika, a business man residing in Freetown was a lucky recipient ofd that huge amount for being the second player to have won with (4) four numbers on a single ticket in the ‘Kick Po’ lottery draw, thus making history repeats itself in the Sierra Leone State Lottery book.

Lucky Winner Mr. Mohamed M. Fadika Pose with Cheque

Mr. Abu Bakarr Kamara went on to say that the company happens to be a leader in the lottery world of Sierra Leone, and that they always make sure  every aspect of the society reaps the benefit of lottery as in his words ‘Lotto is striving towards reducing dire poverty in the country.’  He said they are being recognized by commercial as well as educational sectors among others for living up to their corporate social responsibilities. He assured the public that the company was always ready to face competition with other legally registered private lottery companies operating in the country. He disclosed that very soon Lotto would launch a new product to be known as Sierra Leone State Lottery Education Lottery which he said would help provide lifetime scholarships to WASSCE Students.

Lucky Winner Receiving Cheque from Lotto Staff

While encouraging members of the public to be consistently trying chances with their various draws, he used the occasion as an opportunity to call on the government to give the company a regulatory status as a statutory entity to be overseeing other lottery outlets in the country. “This will enable the Sierra Leone State Lottery to create more chances for the playing public,” he informed.

In a joyful mood, the lucky winner, Mohamed M. Fadidga expressed gratitude to the company for being transparent in their draws. He said he was particularly happy for being the second ‘Kick Po’ winner with (4) four numbers on a single ticket in the history of the draw. “I have been playing ‘Kick Po’ for the past several but never been fortunate to win four numbers on a single ticket,” he confessed. While thanking Lotto for the issuance of the cheque, he promised to use the money to improve on his business as well as solve other pertinent family affairs. He concluded by encouraging all Sierra Leoneans and Lotto players in particular to continue playing four and five number stakes of ‘Kick Po’ draws to increase their chances.

Audience at the Ceremony

Given the opportunity to say a word or two, the president of lottery Retailers’ Association, Mr. Alimamy Sesay said the winning will certainly draw many players to the ‘Kick Po’ draws now that people have started wining four number stakes. He however warned against responsible playing.


M.D. Mr. Abubakarr D. Kamara Presenting the Cheque to the Luck Winner

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