Indian expat picks apartment number as lottery ticket, wins $1 million in Dubai raffle
Dubai - When asked about her initial plans with her winnings, she said the first thought that came into her mind was charity.
An Indian expat - who picked a lottery ticket with her apartment number - will bring home US$1 million after winning at the Dubai Duty Free (DDF) Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise Series 308 draw held on Tuesday (August 20).
Beejal O, a 34-year-old Dubai-based Indian national, picked ticket number 4111, which happened to be her apartment number.
"I'm truly speechless and I'm beyond grateful. I don't know how to thank Dubai Duty Free for this big surprise," said Beejal, a resident of Dubai for seven years and a regular participant in the DDF promotion.
When asked about her initial plans with her winnings, she said the first thought that came into her mind was charity.
Beejal bought the ticket when she travelled to India on July 25. She is now the 148th Indian national to win in the DDF, since its inception in 1999.
Four more winners were announced in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Promotion. Jahanzeb Arif, a Pakistani national, won a Nissan GTR Premium Edition car in Series 1727 with ticket number 0149, which he bought online.
Another car winner was Annie Espy Dias, a 40-year-old Portuguese national based in the UK who won a Porsche Cayenne S in Series 1728 with ticket number 0631. Dias bought her winning ticket on her way back to the UK after celebrating her 40th birthday and 12th wedding anniversary in Dubai with her husband. She is the fourth Portuguese to win in the DDF Finest Surprise promotion.
Shaheen Sheik, a 28-year-old Indian national based in Dubai, won a Moto Guzzi California Touring motorbike in Series 375 with ticket number 0141, and Ghulam Ameeri, a Bahraini, won an Aprilia Tuono RR 1100 motorbike in Series 376 with ticket number 0883.
All the draws were held at Concourse B, Terminal 3, of Dubai International Airport.