In Summary
  • I may personally never have won the millions of shillings at stake in some lotteries, or a pick-up, or a plot of land, but I have also won.

  • Buying a ticket and waiting to see if I am the winner is exhilarating! It’s a rush, an adrenaline pumping high.

  • The British pumped millions of pounds of lottery money into their Olympic team to second place in Rio 2016. 

Kenya was built on the spirit of harambee emblazoned on our coat of arms, and, which is the foundation of the community.

We are implored to “Pull together” to build schools, and send students to university, and tie us all in a merry-go-round of money. 

Of course, it’s not just the money, everyone benefits from the ties; peace comes with unity. Growth comes with coercion, it’s who we are, and it works!

However, harambee is at odds with my drive for individual advancement.

It’s a ‘dog-eat-dog world’ out there. 

Facebook, Twitter, every other digital platform screams at me in megapixels and gigabytes to do better, work harder, and live the dream!  Win, win, win!

LOTTERY WINNER

And then I see him, or her, the winner of a lottery!

Smiling toothily, holding a massive dummy cheque proclaiming hundreds of thousands or even millions of shillings. 

“Why not me?” I ask, and then I remember the old tale:

“John looks up at the heavens and prays, ‘Lord, let me win the lottery’.

He prays every day for years. He works hard, and every day he prays.

One day in frustration he shouts, ‘Lord! don’t you hear me, why don’t you let me win the lottery?”

The heavens open up and God says: “John!  I hear you, but you have to buy a ticket first!”.

I may personally never have won the millions of shillings at stake in some lotteries, or a pick-up, or a plot of land, but I have also won.

BIG WIN

A thousand here, a few hundred there, occasional small wins on scratch cards that have left me believing in the big win, the jackpot some day! However, the real jackpot is the 25 per cent of the proceeds from lotteries that go to charities as mandated by the Betting Control and Licensing Board regulations.

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