For a while, it was a common sight to see youths hanging in front of yellow kiosks waiting to stake money or check results in the Baba Ijebu lotto scheme.
It reigned supreme then by arresting the attention of people who were interested in making quick cash by just predicting a few numbers and hoping they come out when the results are released.
The advent of sports betting changed the story. This involves predicting the score or result of sport matches.More and more people moved away from Baba Ijebu Lotto to stake their bet in sports betting thereby sending the former spiraling down very quickly.
Here are the 5 Reasons Sports Betting killed Baba Ijebu lottery:-
1. Online Platform
The availability of Sports betting online has made it a favorite platform. Some people don’t want to be caught at the Baba Ijebu kiosk but they prefer the secrecy that online betting offers. Considering the number of Nigerians who use smart phones, it is easy to tell why this is more convenient. Although sports betting also exist in shops and people go there to play but the convenience of checking results online instead of going back to the yellow kiosk is an advantage. Money is credited automatically into the winner’s account and nor run the risk of losing one’s winning because the ticket is missing which might happen in the Baba Ijebu lottery.
2. Guessing vs Prediction
Although Baba Ijebu involves calculation and permutation, the chances of winning is largely based on Luck. Humorously, players can pick number from plate numbers that catch their fancy or house numbers. While sports betting are also based on Luck, the knowledge of the sport and history of matches can affect one’s prediction and increase the chances of winning.
3. Prize Money
This is an important factor in betting. Baba Ijebu has been known to pay a lot of money but the introduction of sports betting offered more value for money. A single football match that goes the way of the player yields hundreds of thousands of money. This has shifted the focus of people who bet as it is predictable that they’re more enticed by larger winnings.
4. Passion For Sport
Nigerians love sport especially football. Lagos has a lot of viewing centres scattered around and there is always a football tournament going on all year round. This enthusiasm also translates to the betting that comes with it. Fans of different European clubs follow their clubs religiously and can bet any amount when these clubs are playing. The interest in sport and the knowledge of different clubs and players has increased the unmber of people who participate in sports betting.
5. Risk Factor
The risk factor is very important in any betting. The Baba Ijebu lottery poses a very big risk with the odds of winning very high. The odds are high in sports betting too but there is a way one can go for safe bets that has little risks e.g. predicting a match will end in a win or draw. For those who follow football matches, there is the possibility of winning which keeps the player on. It is not surprising therefore that sports betting has come to stay and may likely be on top for a long time.
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