Seated in his taxi at the Galito’s taxi bay along Moi Avenue, Nairobi, Meshack Ochieng’ was pondering on where he would get money to fulfil his bank commitment of repaying a loan he took to finance his taxi business.
As an independent taxi driver, these are tough times in the industry for Ochieng’. There is a proliferation of taxi hailing apps that have dealt a big blow to the traditional taxi operators. The customer numbers are dwindling and with that the daily earnings. The end of the month was fast approaching and he still had not made enough money to pay his monthly instalment.
But on Sunday, September 25th, 2016, two hours before the start of the weekly Pambazuka Live Draw, he decided to purchase a Pambazuka National Lottery. He had been playing the lottery for a while though the much he had won was Ksh4,000
Lady Luck was to nonetheless smile upon him on this day since, after the live draw was conducted, Ochieng’ was a lucky winner of Ksh109,982. He had correctly matched five out of the six lucky winning numbers.