UAE: Delivery boy to realise restaurant dream after winning Dh77,777 with emirates draw

Participant selected random numbers while purchasing ticket at an authorised retail store

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Published: Thu 31 Mar 2022, 5:33 PM

Last updated: Thu 31 Mar 2022, 5:43 PM

Shahreen Ahmad's dream of opening a restaurant is one step closer after the first-time Emirates Draw participant received Dh77,777 in winnings during the latest raffle draw live stream, which took place on Sunday, March 27.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw my name on the screen. It was such a happy and exciting moment for me. I called my wife back home to tell her that I had won, and she told me to take my winnings and come home," Shahreen, a 26-year-old Pakistani expatriate, said laughing.

Ahmad, who works as a delivery boy in Dubai, revealed that he decided to purchase a ticket in the spur of the moment from an authorized retail store in Al Barsha.

"I was inspired by the stories of other winners so I thought that I would participate too since I want to start my own restaurant. I bought my ticket and decided to choose random numbers," he said.

The feeling of joy hasn't lessened even as Shahreen began considering how to best use his winnings.

"The first thing I want to do is take a vacation to see my family. I'm also going to set aside some money for my children's education and then I’m using the remaining amount for my restaurant," the father of two explained, revealing that he was inspired by what he saw and experienced while working at a restaurant in a previous job.

Ahmad also shared that he plans to continue participating with Emirates Draw: “My life changed with just AED 50, which inspired me to keep trying every week. Hopefully, I might win again in the future."

To date, over Dh21 million has been presented in prize money to over 15,000 winners since the organization’s inception in September 2021. The unique structure of Emirates Draw distinguishes it from other draws in that the grand prize remains at AED 100 million until a single person or a group of people match all seven numbers at which point the grand prize resets to Dh77,777,77.

It is the largest Grand Prize in UAE history and till now remains available, giving optimistic participants another chance to try for the life-changing amount; the next round will be broadcast live on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022, at 9pm UAE time.

How to play?

Entrants can choose to participate in the weekly draw by purchasing a Dh50 pencil that will support in planting coral polyps at After registering online, participants can select their seven-digit number or have the system choose their number randomly.

With their purchase, participants are entered into two separate drawings, the first a raffle draw where every week seven lucky participants are guaranteed Dh77,777 each. In addition, all participants will be entered into a second draw with six prize categories that include a Grand Prize of AED100 million when all seven numbers are matched.

The next draw will be live streamed across its digital platforms, YouTube and Facebook.

Be the next lucky winner and book your numbers early!

For more information, please call the toll-free number 800 77 777 777.

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