An Aba-based usinessman has emerged the lucky winner of the grand prize of N10 million in the MTN FIFA Big Score promo.Apart from the huge financial reward, the winner, Ugochukwu Uzor with his wife will also be going to South Africa to watch one of the World Cup matches. Uzorâ€™s MTN number was picked in the final draw of the promo which was held on Wednesday, 13 January at the Ultima Studios, Ogba, Lagos.
Uzorâ€™s phone number and that of six others were selected at random using a simple random formula. The selection was based on their participation in the promo which ended in September 2009. Obadara Abodunrin, a driver and Andrew Okoli, an Onitsha based stockbroker, both emerged winners of N5 million each plus a return trip to South Africa to watch one of the World Cup matches with their partners.
Winners of N2.5 million each were Mrs Esther Ogochukwu, a house-wife; Afolayan Kayode, who is a construction worker; Miss Patience Ajanwamma, an administrator from Ibadan and Miss Uzoamaka Osumuo, who had just completed her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). They will also be sponsored to South Africa to watch World Cup matches.
Upon receiving the call announcing her N2.5 million win, Esther Ogochukwu expressed utter disbelief. She later recovered to express delight at the sudden fortune that smiled on her and said that although she tried her best in the promo, she did not really expect that she would win anything.
â€œTo be honest, I was hoping to win N1 million, but winning N2.5 million has greatly exceeded my expectation and I thank MTN for making it happen.â€
The feeling was not different for Abodunrin, who said: â€œI really participated in that promo. I paid so much attention to it. I tried to answer all the questions they were asking. It even came to a point that I was getting addicted to it. But I never really thought I would win N5 million because I knew that many people across the country were also playing the game.â€
A total of 1,006,997 subscribers qualified for the final draw of the promo which availed subscribers the opportunity of participating as many times as they wished with a view to increasing their chances of winning. The selected numbers were verified and presented by Alexander Forbes Consulting, a leading employee and human development firm in Nigeria.
According to Kola Oyeyemi, General Manager (Consumer Marketing), MTN Nigeria Nigeria, the verification and monitoring of the proceedings enhanced the credibility of the promo to the public and reinforced the fact that every customer who participated had equal chances of winning.
â€œItâ€™s been an exciting experience, especially when we see our subscribers expressing joy and satisfaction over what we have done. Like we always say, MTN Nigeria is committed to making people happy by enriching their lives and bringing joy and happiness into their lives. The FIFA Big Score promo is one of the ways we are achieving this and we intend to do more as we join in the celebration of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa,â€ Okonkwo further said.
Before now, several millionaires had emerged through the promo which ended on September 11, 2009. At the last prize presentation, over 30 millionaires were made and 20 other subscribers went home with power generating sets, while 20 DSTV mobile handsets, six plasma TV sets and MTN blackberry sets and DSTV decoders were also won.