Dubai Duty Free representatives at the latest Millennium Millionaire draw. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Two expatriates in the UAE will be kick starting the year with a bang after hitting a multi-million-dirham jackpot in Dubai.

Dubai Duty Free announced on Tuesday that Neil H. from the United Kingdom and Abhishek Kathel from India have each won $1 million in the latest Millennium Millionaire draw.

Neil, who has been living in Dubai for 12 years, said the jackpot came as a surprise. “Huge thanks to UAE and Dubai Duty Free for kick starting my 2019,” the employee of an international oil and gas company said after he was contacted by the organisers.

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The second dollar millionaire is Abhishek Kathel who is based in Sharjah and works as a cabin crew for an airline. Kathel bought a ticket from Dubai Duty Free for the first time recently from a craft shop in The Irish Village.

“Thank God for this wonderful news! I cannot believe that I won this big with my first ever ticket for the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire. Thank you so much Dubai Duty Free!” he exclaimed.