Five lucky individuals have been added to the long list of dollar millionaire and luxury vehicle winners when Dubai Duty Free conducted the latest draw for Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire: and Finest Surprise promotion today, 20th January at Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport.
Mr. Amit S., a 46-year old Indian national based in Bangalore became a US$1million dollar winner when his ticket number 0518 in Millennium Millionaire Series 348, which he purchased online on 18th December 2020,was drawn today.
A participant in Dubai Duty Free’s promotion since 2016, Mr. S., who took advantage of the 25% discount during the Dubai Duty Free 37th Anniversary celebrations in December and purchased ten tickets for Series 348.
Mr. S. is a businessman who runs a computer shop and is involved in equity trading
“I’m so grateful for this win, it’s hard to believe that it actually happened. With this amount, it will definitely change the whole quality of my life. Thank you so much Dubai Duty Free.” he said
When asked on his initial plans with his win, he said, “I will pay off my debts and invest more into equity trading. I would also like to set up an NGO to hopefully help as many people that I can,” he added.
Joining Mr. S. in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire’s circle is Mr. Varun Boosnur, a 34- year old Indian national based in Seattle, California who was also announced as the winner of US$1 million in Millennium Millionaire Series 349 with ticket number 1720, which he bought online on 1st January 2021.
Mr. Boosnur, who moved to the US in 2011, has been participating to Dubai Duty Free’s promotion for a year and a half already. Originally hailing from Davanagere in India, Mr. Boosnur is the father of one and works as a program manager for Microsoft.
“I’m very thankful to Dubai Duty Free, you really made my day! This win keeps the hope alive especially during this difficult time,” he said.
Sharing his initial plans, he added, “I would love to help some poor kids who don’t have access to education, buy a new house and invest in a business.”
Today’s draws were conducted by Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin, Chief Operating Officer, Ramesh Cidambi, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services, Sinead El Sibai, SVP – Marketing, Mona Al Ali, SVP – Human Resources, Michael Schmidt, SVP – Retail Support and Zayed Al Shebli, VP – Loss Prevention and Corporate Security.
Following the Millennium Millionaire draw, the Finest Surprise draw was conducted for one luxury car and two motorbikes.
3 year old Zaya Sheikh, an American national based in Dubai, won a Mercedes Benz GLS 580 4M (Selenite Grey) car when her ticket was drawn today. The winning ticket number 1109 in Finest Surprise Series 1766, was purchased on 8th January by her mother, Mrs. Anika Jahan- Chowdhury, on her way to Bangladesh for a business trip.
A resident of Dubai for 3 years now and a regular participant in Dubai Duty Free’s Finest Surprise promotion, this was the first time for the mother to buy a ticket under her daughter’s name.
Mrs. Jahan-Chowdhury, who owns a startup cosmetic business in Dubai, was elated to win her dream car.
“I’m on top of the world! I’m really thankful to Dubai Duty Free for this amazing car that I really need for my business,” she said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nizar Nisu, a 33-year old Indian national based in Abu Dhabi, won a BMW F 750GS(Black/Yellow) motorbike, with ticket number 0823 in Finest Surprise Series 439, which he purchased online on 7th January.
A first-time participant to Dubai Duty Free’s promotion, Mr. Nisu is a resident of Abu Dhabi for 13 years now and works as an administration assistant for Al Jaber Aluminum Company.
“I can’t believe I won with my first ever ticket to Dubai Duty Free. Thank you so much!” he said.
Lastly, Mr. Zaheer Abbas, a 36-year old Pakistani national based in Dubai, won an Aprilia Tuono Factory(Nero Opaca) motorbike, with ticket number 0554 in Finest Surprise Series 440, which he purchased online on 15th January.
A resident of Dubai for 14 years now, Mr. Abbas,who happened to watch the live draw on Dubai Duty Free’s Facebook page, was excited to hear his name announced on the video.
Mr. Abbas is a father of two and an owner of Al Masoom Technical Services in Dubai.
He has been struggling a lot due to the pandemic and even had to borrow money to buy the ticket for Series 440.
“Thank you Dubai Duty Free for this very timely win.The money that I can get if I sell this motorbike will go along away,” he said.