Ganesh Shinde, a 36-year-old man from India, on July 14, won the jackpot of $1 million in a millennium millionaire duty-free raffle conducted at Dubai International Airport in Concourse. He reportedly bought the ticket online from Thane, Maharashtra.
“This is such a great opportunity,” said Ganesh, who is on vacation in Brazil while waiting for his deployment at work. “I’m happy and thankful to Dubai Duty-Free.”
The Thane seaman becomes the 181st Indian national with the jackpot to win the first prize of $1 million with ticket number 0207 in the millennium millionaire series 363 since 1999.
As he is the 181st Indian national to win such a jackpot, it indicates that most Indian citizens buy the highest number of Dubai Duty-Free Millennium Millionaire tickets.
Last week, a taxi driver who has roots in Kerala but lives in Abu Dhabi named Renjith Somarajan won a lottery of 20 million dirhams (Rs 40 crore) in the Abu Dhabi Big Ticket draw.
Although most winners of the Dubai and Abu Dhabi draws are migrated Indians living in the UAE, there are also citizens from other countries who are also crazy about purchasing such tickets.
For instance, A 52-year-old citizen of Australia based out of Dubai, Justin French, won a Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic 5.0 Silicon Silver possessing ticket number 0222 in Finest Surprise Series 1778. He purchased the ticket on July 2 online.
Rohit Mote, a 30-year-old man from Nepal, who is based in Abu Dhabi, bagged a BMW R nineT Scrambler Black Storm Metallic/Racing Red motorcycle in Finest Surprise Series 461. He won it by holding ticket number 0575 that he purchased on July 1 online.