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In Sierra Leone, Ex-Prison Officer Wins Over Le.51M in Pik-6 Lotto Draw
By Aruna Turay
Nov 10, 2010, 17:10
A former Prison officer of the Sierra Leone Prisons Department, Mr. I.O. Peters is presently a very happy man as he is eagerly waiting to become a millionaire through the Pik-6 lottery when he receives the sum of Le.51, 800, 000 (fifty-one million eight hundred thousand Leones) in winning from the Sierra Leone State Lottery Company.
Though the date of handing over his cheque is yet to be disclosed, the ceremony is said to be graced by no less a person than His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, who will do the handing over on behalf of Lotto.
Mr. Peters was declared winner of the Universal Pik-6-49 raffle draw No. 183 on Tuesday 9th November, 2010 by management of the company.
Addressing newsmen at his OAU Drive Office, Tower Hill in Freetown on Tuesday 9th November 2010, the Managing Director of the Sierra Leone State Lottery Company, Mr. Dizzo Kamara said the Sierra Leone State Lottery Company was established by an Act of Parliament, following the departure then of internationally owned and managed lottery companies in the country with the mandate to run and oversee lottery business in the country.
He said since then, the company had brought series of lottery innovations such as Mini 5, Kick-Po, Pik-3, Bagatelle, Will of Fortune, Bingo and Pik-6 among others. He disclosed that since the launch of the Pik-6 draw, four players have so far won handsome cash prizes. “In 2002, a jackpot of Le.65million was won by one Reverend Reginald Collier, followed in 2003 by Mr. Moses Kaiyende in Bo, Southern Sierra Leone who the sum of Le.70million. The third jackpot of Le.80million was jointly won by Messrs. Oliva Musa and David Tucker in 2005,” he recollected, adding that the 2010 winning is the fourth jackpot struck to such a tune by Mr. I.O. Peters.
Giving his staking history, Mr. Kamara informed that Mr. Peters has been playing Lotto since when in active service. He said Mr. Peters came to their office to register his winning tickets for four numbers little knowing that he was a prospective millionaire. “After thorough inspection on the registered tickets, our staff was able to discover that Mr. Peters had not only won four numbers, but a proud winner of the jackpot,” he further informed, saying at this junction Mr. Peters was duly informed of his winning.
Mr. Kamara used this forum as an opportunity to shower praises on his transparent, loyal, honest and dedicated staff for in his words “giving on to Caesar what belongs to Caesar,” while calling on Sierra Leoneans to continue playing lotto as the wining is for the individual and profit to the nation. “Always Play Lotto with State Lottery as we are ready to continue providing very interesting games for the people of this country.”
He ended by disclosing that come next week, the company will again stake another huge amount to start the fifth jackpot.
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