Dubai: An American national based in California, US, won US$1 million at the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise promotions draw held in Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport on Wednesday.
Gary Titizian became a dollar millionaire when his ticket number 0193 in Millennium Millionaire Series 360, which he purchased online on May 11, was drawn.
Titizian is the tenth American national to win US$1 million since the start of the Millennium Millionaire promotion in 1999.
Following the Millennium Millionaire draw, a presentation to the previous winner of US$1 million in Series 359 took place.
Gert Kloeck, winner of US$1 million in Millennium Millionaire Series 359 with ticket number 2036, became the first Belgian national to win the DDF Millennium Millionaire promotion last month.
“Thank you very much Dubai Duty Free for this fantastic win! It was great to finally meet the people behind this amazing promotion and made me a millionaire!” said Kloeck who was presented with the US$1 million ceremonial cheque by McLoughlin and Tahlak of DDF.
A regular participant in DDF’s promotion since 2017, Kloeck purchased his winning ticket online on May 12.
Indian expat Shrinath Uchil, 38, based in Dubai won a Mercedes Benz GLE 53 4M AMG (Selenite Grey) car, with ticket number 0287 in Finest Surprise Series 1775, which he purchased online on May 15.
A resident of Dubai since 2005, Uchil is a father of two and owns the Best Pets Unlimited Trading LLC at The Palm, Jumeirah.
When asked about the ticket number, Uchil said “I always look for number 2 and 8 when selecting ticket numbers for these reminds me of the apartment number in Mumbai, India where I was born.
“Thank you Dubai Duty Free, it is great to be able to win such an amazing prize during this difficult time. We all know that business is slow and any amount of money that I will get from selling this car can help finance my business,” added Uchil.
Iranian expat Fathollah Nasrollah, based in Abu Dhabi won a BMW F 750 GS (San Marino Blue Metallic) motorbike, with ticket number 0066 in Finest Surprise Series 456, which he purchased online on May 10.
Nasrollah who previously won a BMW 650i Gran Coupe (Sapphire Black Metallic) car, with ticket number 1090 in Finest Surprise Series 1630 in August 2016, was uncontactable and will surely be surprised to hear of his win.