Kerala girl strikes gold in DSF’s biggest Draw

DUBAI - Nine-year-old Shakiba has had the same recurring dream many times before. Surrounded by all the chocolates she could buy, the nine-year-old would taste each and every one of them at her leisure and would delight in her make believe world of kit kat’s and milky way’s. Her dream, has now become a reality.

By Prerna Suri And Asma Ali Zain

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Published: Sun 13 Feb 2005, 8:58 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:30 PM

The winner of the DSF’s most ambitious and richest draw, Shakiba Asif, from Kerala, India, has won herself a whopping 100 kilos of gold making her the richest person in this festivals’ history.

The bubbly fourth grader of the New Indian Model School, says that she broke the news to her class teacher and her best friend Maryam first. “I told Maryam and my class teacher and they were very happy for me,” she gushes. When asked what she plans to do with the money, Shakiba quickly recaps her wish list. “ A lot of dresses for my little sister, two chocolates for myself, sweets for my school friends and lots of money for my parents,” she says excitedly.

Shakiba’s father, Asif, a timekeeper with Al Naboodah, told Khaleej Times that he never expected his little daughter to bring him and his family such enormous luck.
“I never expected us to win because I have been trying my luck during the DSF since the past 10 years. When we got the raffle coupun, Shakiba told me that she wanted it in her name and I complied. Never in my life could I have imagined that her name would bring me such luck,” he told excitedly.

Asif, who hails from Melmuri in Malapuram, received the winning coupon when he bought gold worth Dhs 250 at Chittalapilly Jewellers in Al Ghusais.

“I bought a gold coin at that shop and never fathomed that it would bring me a lifetime of joy. By God’s grace, we won the draw and have not yet decided what to do with the money,” said Asif. “But nothing will change for us. We will still be the same people as before,” he says firmly.

As for Shakiba, she has successfully found that elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow which everyone can only dream of.

“I have been wanting to call my mother to the UAE for the past 25 years but was unable to because I did not earn enough as a taxi driver,” said Indian national Mohammed Rahman from Ajman who won a staggering prize of Dh10 million.

“I have been buying tickets earlier but with the name of friends. This time I thought that if I put my mother’s name in, I might win and then I might call her to the UAE,” he said with simplicity. Mohammed just could not believe his luck when coupon number 0975 bearing his mother Fatima’s name was drawn in the Lexus Mega Raffle grand draw as the winner of Dh10 million.

“I have not yet decided what I will do with the money,” said the 38-year-old who has been in the UAE for the last 25 years and this is the first time he has won anything. “I will continue to drive my taxi because this money is a gift from God Almighty,” he said.

The winner of 10 Nissan cars, “Soresh” speaking from India said, “My name is not Soresh but I have also participated in the draw. I have been receiving calls since morning but I cannot verify the coupon number unless I get back to the UAE. There has been a definite mix-up,” he said.‘

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