Dubai: An Indian expat who works at Dubai International Airport is the UAE’s latest millionaire.
George Thomas, 43-year-old Indian national based in Sharjah, became the latest winner of the Millennium Millionaire Series 355 million dollar (3.67 million) winner with the 2016 ticket number he purchased March 14. The draw took place on March 14. Wednesday April 7 at Hall C of Dubai International Airport.
A regular participant in the Dubai Duty Free promotion for six years now, a father of three, said he would send all of the winning money. When asked what he thought of the big win, Thomas simply replied, “Nothing special.”
After probing a little further, Thomas, soon to be expecting his fourth child, admitted to being grateful and happy with the victory, but was not yet very excited about the victory. “I don’t think the news has arrived yet. I just know that my unborn little baby is very lucky for me already.”
Speaking to Gulf News, Thomas said his family had lived with him during those years, but had only recently had to fire them. A resident of Sharjah for seven years and working as a supply chain and logistics supervisor for Dubai airports, Thomas said he would be very responsible for the money won in the jackpot draw. “In these times, I know we need to be grounded and aware of what we’re spending. So, for now, I’m sending everything home. I’ll decide what to do later. “
Thomas, from Kochi, Kerala, said the victory was a blessing from God. “Now my children’s future is secure, thank you very much Dubai Duty Free,” he said.
Thomas is the 179th Indian national to win US $ 1 million since the Millennium Millionaire promotion began in 1999. Indian nationals represent the largest number of buyers of Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire tickets.
Following the Millennium Millionaire draw, the Finest Surprise draw was conducted for one luxury car and two motorcycles.
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 bought at the Irish Village on 5 March.
A regular participant in the promotion of Dubai Duty Free for 20 years now, father of two, Hatem has been a resident of Sharjah for 30 years and works as a sales manager for Al Shams Technical Works in Dubai.
“I can not believe! After a very long time, I finally won 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) motorcycle, with ticket number 0653 in Finest Surprise Series 449, which his mother took purchased under his name on their return to Dubai from India on March 13.
Residing in Dubai for 20 years now, Aryan is in grade 12 at GEMS New Millennium School.
His mother, Vidhya Shenoy, said, “We have been participating in the Dubai Duty Free promotion for about three years now and we always put the ticket under our only son’s name because we consider him to be our lucky charm.”
Deepak Sharma Raghunath Sharma, a 44-year-old Indian national based in Sharjah, won an Indian Scout Bobber (Jade Smoke) motorcycle, with ticket number 0643 in Finest Surprise Series 450, which he purchased online on March 25.
A resident of Sharjah for 10 years and working as a real estate sales agent, Sharma has been involved in Dubai Duty Free Promotion for over four years now.
“I hope to win US $ 1 million next time!” he said.
The draw for Wednesday April 7 was conducted by Dubai Duty Free Director of Operations Ramesh Cidambi, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Communications, Sinead El Sibai, SVP – Marketing, Michael Schmidt, SVP – Retail Support and Sharon Beecham, VP – Purchasing.