An Indian accountant has now become a millionaire, while three others will drive away luxury vehicles when their winning ticket numbers were drawn on Tuesday for the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise promotions held at Concourse A – Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport.
Praveen Aranha, an Indian national based in Dubai, won USD 1 million (Rs 7.1 crore) in Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Series 312 with ticket number 3069.
A Dubai resident for 16 years, Aranha is a management accountant at the Atlantis in Palm. Jumeirah. Aranha is the 151st Indian national to have won US$1 million since its inception in 1999.
A long-time participant to Dubai Duty Free promotion for 15 years now, Aranha shared the ticket cost with his two other colleagues – an Indian and an Egyptian and bought it when he went for a holiday to India in September.
“I will save a portion for my daughter’s education who is currently in the United States studying business administration,” Aranha said.
“This is an amazing win and I think everybody should give it a chance, expect the unexpected,” he added.
Ronni Thomas, a 40-year old Indian national from Sharjah won a Mercedes Benz S560 (Diamond White) in Series 1732 with ticket number 1262. Thomas, a lead designer for Lamprell bought his lucky ticket online.
Marites B, a 35-year-old Filipina from Dubai won an Aprilia Dorsoduro motorbike (Adrenalinic Silver) in Series 380 with ticket number 0483. Frank Fisher, an Australian national won a Moto Guzzi Audace motorbike (Black) in Series 381 with ticket number 0181.
Published on 1 October 2019