Dubai: An Indian expat who works at the Dubai International Airport, is the latest UAE millionaire.
George Thomas, 43-year-old Indian national based in Sharjah has become the latest winner of the $1 million (Dh3.67 million) winner in Millennium Millionaire Series 355 with ticket number 2016 which he purchased on March 14. The draw was held on Wednesday, April 7 at Concourse C at Dubai International Airport.
A regular participant in the Dubai Duty Free’s promotion for six years now, father of three, said he will send home the entire winning money. When asked how he felt about the big win, Thomas simply said, “Nothing special.”
Upon probing a bit further, Thomas who is expecting his fourth child soon, admitted to being grateful and happy with the win but was not yet very excited about the win. “I think the news is yet to sink in. I just know this, my little unborn baby is already bringing me a lot of luck.”
Speaking to Gulf News, Thomas said his family lived with him for these years, but had to send them back only recently. A resident of Sharjah for seven years and working as a supply chain and logistics supervisor for Dubai Airports, Thomas said he will be very responsible with the money won in the jackpot draw. “In these times, I know we have to be grounded and mindful of what we spend. So for now I am sending everything home. I will decide later as to what to do.”
Thomas who hails from Kochi in Kerala said the win was a blessing from God. “Now the future of my children is well secured, thank you so much Dubai Duty Free,” he said.
Thomas is the 179th Indian national to win US$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 the Finest Surprise draw was conducted for one luxury car and two motorbikes.
Hatem Yehia, a 53 year old Lebanese national based in Sharjah, won a Mercedes Benz GLS 580 4M (Obsidian Black) car, with ticket number 1128 in Finest Surprise Series 1770., which he purchased at The Irish Village on March 5.
A regular participant to Dubai Duty Free’s promotion for 20 years now, the father of two, Hatem is a resident of Sharjah for 30 years and works as a sales manager for Al Shams Technical Works in Dubai.
“I can’t believe it! After a very long time, I finally won in Dubai Duty Free!” he said.
Indian expat Aryan Ravindra Shenoy, a 17 year old Indian national based in Dubai, won a BMW F 850 GS (Black/Yellow) motorbike, with ticket number 0653 in Finest Surprise Series 449, which his mother purchased under his name on their return to Dubai from India on March 13.
A resident of Dubai for 20 years now, Aryan is on twelfth grade in GEMS New Millennium School.
His mother Vidhya Shenoy said: “We have been participating in Dubai Duty Free promotion for around three years now and we always put the ticket under our only son’s name because we consider him our lucky charm.”
Deepak Sharma Raghunath Sharma, a 44 year old Indian national based in Sharjah won an Indian Scout Bobber (Jade Smoke) motorbike, with ticket number 0643 in Finest Surprise Series 450, which he purchased online on March 25.
A resident of Sharjah for 10 years and works a property sales agent, Sharma has been participating in Dubai Duty Free promotion for more than four years now.
“I hope to win the US$1 million in the next time!” he said.
The draw on Wednesday, April 7 was was conducted by Dubai Duty Free’s Chief Operating Officer, Ramesh Cidambi, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Communications, Sinead El Sibai, SVP – Marketing, Michael Schmidt, SVP - Retail Support and Sharon Beecham, VP – Purchasing.