Jackpot winner Cosmas Korir to pay Kenyan government Sh42 million in tax

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Korir, who vied for the Konoin parliamentary seat last year, works as a director with the Agriculture department in West Pokot

Cosmas Korir will pay the Kenyan government Sh42m of Sh208m he won after he correctly predicted 17 games in the SportPesa Mega Jackpot.

Korir, who failed in his attempt to capture the Konoin parliamentary seat during the 2017 general elections, won a Sh208,733,619 jackpot announced by the betting firm on Sunday.

“Congratulations on this achievement. I left home and came to the office and congratulate you. Your life has changed, I will personally meet you soon and we can then share tips on how you can use this money wisely,” SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri said when he called Korir via phone.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the finance bill 2018 that imposed a 20 percent tax on all betting and gaming proceeds.It means, Korir will have to surrender to the state Sh41.6 million in taxes.

This is the fourth time a Kenyan is winning the jackpot and the third highest amount to ever be won in the history of betting. To claim this jackpot, Korir correctly predicted the results of 17 matches, including Burnley’s 2-1 win over Cardiff on Sunday.

In May last year, Samuel Abisai won the first jackpot of Sh221 million before three winners shared Sh115 million a month later. Korir currently works at the West Pokot County Agricultural Department.