In 2021, he spent ¢10,000 on betting, but only made a profit of ¢200, according to Supreme Petras Anaab in a virtual interview with Joy.
He felt he had little to show for his eight years of punting, so he decided to leave the business a few weeks ago.
“In 2021, I spent nearly 10,000 on gambling and only won a measly 200. This is when I realized that the white man was using gambling to keep African youth from having a better future.”
“Because according to my calculations, if I combine the money I’ve spent [on betting] over the past eight years, it would exceed the GDP of Ghana,” he said.
The issue of gambling surfaced after administrators at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology reported that some students were using their tuition money for unlawful purposes such as betting.
The University deferred students who owed more than 70% of their school fees, which led to this discovery. The article triggered a whirlwind of media and social media commentary.
The former UG student said on Joynews’ The Probe that he turned to gambling to assist pay for his living expenses while he was a student.
However, as a result of his compulsive behavior, he lost all of his hard-earned money.
“Because my father doesn’t pay for things like going to the stadium or having fun, I had to save up the money myself and, rather than steal it, I put it into gambling.”
It wasn’t just him who was unlucky; many of his friends were as well, he said.
As far as Anaab Ali is concerned, he hasn’t placed a bet in two weeks and hopes he can keep it that way.