November 29, 2018
By Chernor Sadu Barrie (Intern)
This year’s Christmas celebrations seem to come quickly for a Freetown based petty trader, Mr. Bambay Thoranka, who took away Edition 588 of Mercury International 4/50 Jackpot lottery draw.
Mr. Thoranka joined the Mercury International 4/50 Jackpot millionaires club after he accurately lined up 28, 6, 38, 18 to walk away with the One Hundred and Twenty-Six million, Seven Hundred Thousand Leones (Le 126, 700,000) prize.
Before presenting the winning cheque to the lucky winner at the company’s headquarters, Krootown Road in Freetown, Mercury International Managing Director, Martin Michael informed Thoranka about the country’s Finance Act which always allowed the deduction of withholding tax from such winnings.
He reminded him that he won Le 126, 700,000 but after the tax deduction of Twenty-Four Million, Two Hundred and Thirty-Nine Thousand, Six Hundred Leones (Le,24 239,600), he was taking home One Hundred and Two Million, Four Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Four Hundred Leones (102,460,400).
Like his previous message to past winners, the Mercury International Managing Director advised Thoronka that winning such an amount of money at such a particular time in the year was a bonanza one should make good use of.
“I hope you will use the money properly to develop your life or business for the benefit of your family. Ensure you invest the money on something that will create more income for you and your family,” Martin Michael said.
In an exciting mood, the lucky winner, Bambay Thoranka, expressed his delight for winning such an amount, adding that his winning was a further clarification to doubters that the draws were genuine and Mercury is real.
On what he plans to do with the said money, Mr. Thoranka said: “My first move is to ensure the safekeeping of the money in a bank. However, I am planning to buy land and construct a house that I will always reflect on my winning.”
Mr. Thoranka who vowed to continue playing with hopes of winning bigger, also encouraged all and sundry to keep on playing Mercury International.