UAE: 2 Indian expats win $1 million each in Dubai Duty Free draw

Three others to drive away luxury vehicles each


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Dubai Duty Free draw. Photo: Supplied
Dubai Duty Free draw. Photo: Supplied

Published: Wed 25 May 2022, 3:21 PM

Last updated: Wed 25 May 2022, 10:41 PM

Two Indian nationals have been added to the long list of millionaires, while three other winners took home luxury vehicles in the latest draw for Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise promotion.

Rahul Ramanan, an Indian expat based in UAE, became the $1 million winners in Millennium Millionaire Series 389 after buying the lucky ticket (number 0595) online on April 30.

Ramanan was unavailable for immediate comment but will undoubtedly be surprised when he learns of his newfound fortune.

Johnson Jacob, a 47-year-old Indian national based in Abu Dhabi, was also announced the winner of $1 million in Millennium Millionaire Series 390 with ticket number 4059, which he purchased online on May 13.

A regular participant in Dubai Duty Free’s promotion for 8 years now, Jacob shared the ticket cost with a family friend. An Abu Dhabi resident for 16 years, Jacob is a father of three and works as a workshop supervisor.

“Thank you Dubai Duty Free for this wonderful opportunity. Your promotion has been helping a lot of people, so I pray that it will continue for a long time.” he said.

Ramanan and Jacob are the 189th and 190th Indian nationals, to have won $1 million since the start of the Millennium Millionaire promotion in 1999. Indian nationals make up the highest number of Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire ticket buyers.

Following the Millennium Millionaire draw, a presentation to the previous winner of $1 million in Series 388 took place.

Sree Sunil Sreedharan, winner of $1 million in Millennium Millionaire Series 388 received his ceremonial cheque.

Following the Millennium Millionaire presentation, the Finest Surprise draw was conducted for one luxury car and two motorbikes.

Jitendra Sharma, an Indian national based in Dubai, won a Mercedes Benz S500 (Black) car, (ticket number 0484) in Finest Surprise Series no 1805, which he purchased on April 30 on his way to Mumbai, India for a vacation.


Meanwhile, Stanley James Manuel, a 38-year-old Filipino based in Dubai, won a BMW F 900 R (White/Blue/Red) motorbike, (ticket 0290) in Finest Surprise Series 497, which he purchased online on April 27.

A regular participant in the Dubai Duty Free promotion since 2008, Manuel had bought two tickets for Series 497 and was delighted to learn of his win.

A resident of Dubai for 15 years now, Manuel is a father of one and works as a Senior Executive Security for Tecom Group.

“Thank you Dubai Duty Free! I will continue to participate in your promotion and hopefully I will win again,” he said.

Lastly, Nafseer Cheloor, a 28-year-old Indian national based in Dubai won a BMW S 1000 R (Hockenheim Silver Metallic) motorbike, (ticket number 0693) in Finest Surprise Series no. 498, which he purchased online on April 29.

A regular participant in Dubai Duty Free promotion for 5 years now, Cheloor is a resident of Dubai for 10 years and works for Omega Spices Trading Company.

“What a pleasant surprise, I can’t believe that I won! Thank you so much Dubai Duty Free!” he said.

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