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At The Guardian, MegaMillions Naija promoters explain moves to redefine international gaming

By Tobi Awodipe
30 September 2022   |   4:40 am
With an estimated $2 billion spent yearly on virtual gaming in the country due to its growing popularity, millions of Nigerians seeking to explore the gaming world to diversify their income...

MD/CEO, International Gaming and Entertainment Limited, Okwy Okeke (left); Chief Operating Officer, Victor Nwobia; and Chidi Ezeilo when the company visited The Guardian to promote MegaMillions Naija…yesterday.PHOTO: DANIEL WATERS

With an estimated $2 billion spent yearly on virtual gaming in the country due to its growing popularity, millions of Nigerians seeking to explore the gaming world to diversify their income streams are set to enjoy even more alternatives, thanks to MegaMillions.

According to International Gaming and Entertainment Limited, owners of Mega Millions Naija, Nigerians can now play global games from their phones and stand a chance to win millions of dollars in cash.

Making this known yesterday during a courtesy visit to The Guardian corporate headquarters, Rutam House, Lagos, the games’ promoters said they have brought international gaming to the country not just to bridge passion and entertainment, but also ensure Nigerians make money, while having fun with the games.

Chief Operations Officer, MegaMillions Naija, Victor Nwobia, said their platform would provide access to the most popular games from around the world, ushering in an incredible opportunity for millions of Nigerians.

“There is a major difference between lottery and sports betting. With MegaMillions, players will be able to participate in several global games, including the popular U.S Powerball, Australia Powerball, U.S. MegaMillions, SuperEnalotto, Euromillions, EuroJackpot, Spanish La Primitiva and so on. Jackpot isn’t won at every draw so the money grows. The last jackpot won was in July and was worth over $1.3 billion.

“Now, the jackpot stands at about N140 billion and we want to give Nigerians the chance to win this huge payday. MegaMillions Naija operates a unique model, which allows Nigerians above 18 to enter for a chance to win any of the leading global lotteries, by purchasing a ticket in a major overseas lottery, claiming any prize won from said ticket and paying the winner the naira equivalent,” he said.

Managing Director, IGE Limited, Okwy Okeke, said their target is to provide life-changing opportunities for millions of Nigerians. “We have big plans coming up and Nigerians are going to be amazed at what we have in store for them. With as little as N100, people can play from the privacy of their homes on their phones as the biggest lotteries in the world are now at Nigerians’ fingertips.”

Nwobia said they are properly licenced by the Federal and state governments and are regulated by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC).

Okeke explained that they are not using digital currency yet, because of government regulations, adding, however, that they will include it as soon as the policy changes to accommodate players that want to pay with digital currency. He added that the draws are daily and weekly and players can play with their naira card and would be rewarded in naira when they win.

Nwobia added that the jackpot value on MegaMillions Naija is now worth over N500 billion and leveraging cutting-edge technology, users’ connection to their site is well secured, ensuring that users’ personal information is protected during transmission.