Indian driver wins Dh12 million in Abu Dhabi raffle

A Dubai-based driver from India has won Dh12 million (INR 21 crore) at the Big Ticket raffle on Tuesday.

John Varughese, who hails from the south Indian state of Kerala, received a call today from the organisers after the draw had taken place at the Abu Dhabi International Airport.

“I couldn’t believe that I could get lucky. April Fool’s Day had just passed by and I thought it was some friend pulling my leg. I also had doubts if this was a fake call as you read about lot of scams happening,” he told Khaleej Times.

“Even though it was confirmed but I still took a while before calling my family back in Kerala. This is surreal and the new feeling of being a winner is slowly sinking in,” said the new multi-millionaire.

According to Varughese, the money will be shared with another four friends, who had pooled in to buy the winning ticket 093395.

It was by 2016-end that Varughese landed in Dubai from Aranmula town of Pathanamthitta district and started working as a driver for a private company in Dubai.

“I will continue to work here. Dubai has made me what I am today. This day happened because I am working here in Dubai. I have a small family with wife and two children. I will now invest in their future. There is no better way to make use of this money than to invest in education,” he noted, adding that his daughter is now in Grade 12 and son in Grade 5.

“I am here after facing lot of hardships. I will set aside a portion to help the needy too as I shouldn’t forget my past days,” Varughese added.

Dream car Land Rover series 10 and the dream Dh12 million draws for series 190 were announced Tuesday at the Abu Dhabi International Airport’s arrivals hall at 10am. Another Indian national, Akshay Chandran is the winner of Dream car Land Rover series 10.

This was second time that such a grand prize money was rewarded by Big Ticket as January’s Big Ticket draw was the first biggest ever with a grand prize money of Dh12 million.

In January, another Indian, Hari Krishnan, had became a multi-millionaire after winning Dh12 million, the jackpot of Big Ticket raffle in Abu Dhabi.

Big Ticket is the largest and longest-running monthly raffle draw for cash prizes and dream luxury cars in Abu Dhabi.

These tickets can be purchased online or at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain Duty-Free and City Terminal Abu Dhabi. Tickets remain at their usual price of just Dh500, and if you buy two tickets one ticket is given for free under buy-two-get-one free scheme.

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