Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
NO fewer than 10 millionaires have emerged in the DiamondXtra promo held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Apart from the millionaires that got N1 million each that was posted into their accounts, the star prize winner, Mr. Austin Omoriegbe, won a Hyundai Creta Sports Utility Vehicle, 2016 model, worth over N6 million during the South-South draw.
Thirty other persons won N500, 000 each to join the 4,500 that had won millions of naira within the past eight years when the promo began.
Some of the customers, who are non-employees of the bank also won salaries for life as the sum of N100,000 would be credited to each of their accounts before the end of every month for 20 years.
One of the winners of the promo, Mr. Duru Chukwuemeka, a dealer in building materials, who operated a DiamondXtra savings account in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, explained that he had been enjoying salary-for-life since 2014, adding that he was currently living a good live with the N100,000 per month from Diamond Bank.
Duru said, “I received a call that I should come to Lagos because I had won salary for life. Later, I got an alert from Diamond Bank in 2014. I have been receiving this amount every last Thursday of every month.”
Also, one Lara Fatima, who said the promo was real, explained how he doubted an employee of the bank, who called to inform him that he had won N1 million in 2014.
She explained that she was “pleasantly” surprised when she got an alert from the bank crediting his account.
Fatima had told the crowd during the draw in Port Harcourt that she had resigned from a frustrating job in January 2014 before winning N1 million three days later.
She pointed out that she had used the funds to start a business that had been yielding profit for her.
In his remarks, the bank’s Head, Mass Market Segment, Osita Ede, stated that the draw was only for accounts in the South-South Zone of Nigeria.
Ede appealed to customers to be part of the DiamondXtra promo by opening an account with a minimum of N5,000 to qualify for the lottery.
Speaking at the event, the Director General of the National Lottery Regulation Commission, Mr. Adolphus Ekpe, explained that the commission was established with the aim of helping Nigerians to experience fortune in the right way.
Represented by an official of the commission, Betty Obioha, the NLRC boss said the commission described the Diamond Bank promo as transparent and credible.
Explaining that a percentage of the proceeds from the lotteries that goes to the commission is used to provide infrastructure, Ekpe stated that N5 billion had been set aside to equip primary schools in Nigeria.
“Please play only NLRC-approved lotteries to be on the safe side. The proceeds go to help a lot of people,” he added.