Tengi, the new made in Sheffield chat app with weekly cash prizes, has made dreams come true for a dad of two - he’s won a whopping £10,000.
That was the top priz in the app's first Super Draw .
Today the winner was announced as Anwar Hussain, aged 40, who now plans to splash the cash on a family holiday to Dubai, presents and make a donation to his favourite charity, Greenpeace.
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Messaging app Tengi, based at the University of Sheffield's Bio-incubator building and described as WhatsApp with prizes, has given away over £100,000 in its first six months.
It is free to download and use, allowing users to send texts, emoticons, photos, videos and audio messages. It tells users when their message has been delivered and read.
But unlike other chat apps it gives away half of its revenues every week in a free draw of all its users, with a usual £1,000 first prize and hundreds of £25 and £5 winners.
This week’s first super draw first prize was £10,000.
Winner Anwar said: “When I got the call to say I had won £10,000 I was skeptical at first. We’ve all heard about people getting money calls. But when I was told it was Tengi, I thought ‘oh my God’. This doesn’t happen to me. My feet did feel like they were on the ground.
“Everyone wins with Tengi. It’s free to download, sending messages is free and everyone using it gets entered into a weekly draw to win money. I’m telling everyone to sign up after what happened to me.”
Anwar, who has launched his own building construction company, is going to use some of the money for a trip to Dubai which will be a family holiday with business thrown in, he says.
“I’ve been planning to go to Dubai and this makes it happen. I’ll also buy some gifts for my wife and two young boys. I donate £10 a month to Greenpeace, but they’ll get something extra from my win. It’s a dream come true.”
Anwar, of Nurser Place, in Bradford, isn’t the only regional winner - Tengi dished out hundreds of runner up cash prizes in its first Super Draw, as it does with its weekly draw every Friday, at 7pm.
Other £1,000 Tengi winners have included Sheffield mum Olesia Tartakovski, Rotherham man Mark Carew and care worker Kirsty Black, of Creswell,
Tengi boss Neil Laycock, former CEO of internet service provider Plusnet, said: “We don’t sell anyone’s data. We make money from advertising and selling merchandise, then give away 50 per cent of our revenue..
He hopes winners’ stories will encourage others to sign up.
Neil explained the more friends you have on Tengi and the more you use it, the more virtual tickets you get for each draw.
Tengi knows if new sign up numbers are in your contacts list, by matching numbers once a friend downloads and installs the app.
Neil, at the Tengi office based at the University of Sheffield Bio-incubator, a new business start-ups building, in Leavygreave Road, said: “We don’t sell anyone’s data. We make money from advertising and selling merchandise, then give away 50 per cent of our revenue. It’s taking the app world by storm.
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