Indian national wins $1 million after buying raffle tickets for 4 years

Dubai Duty Free officials pick the latest winner of the Millennium Millionaire promotion.

Dubai:S.R. Shenoy  has just been declared the latest winner of $1 million cash prize at a raffle draw in Dubai, and his luck could not have come at a better time.


The Indian expatriate, 37, has mounting debts to pay. And although he’s going to split the cash prize with nine of his colleagues, Shenoy said he still considers himself very fortunate.

The Indian national who works as an accountant for an IT company is the latest winner of the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw. He has been buyinhg raffle tickets for five years now and it’s the first time he has won.

“I will be splitting the money with my colleagues, so that means I will get around Dh360,000. It’s still a big amount and I’m thankful for it,” he said.

In the nine years that he’s been in Dubai, Shenoy has accumulated approximatelyDh150,000 in personal loans and credit card debts.

“Back home, I have another unpaid loan, so there won’t be much left, but it’s still a blessing from above. At least I can settle my debt,” Shenoy told Gulf News.

Dubai Duty Free also announced three winners in its luxury car and motorbike promotions.

A Saudi national, Abdullah Alkhaldi will be driving home a BMW 750Li in Series 1683. He had purchased his lucky ticket on March 21.

The second vehicle, a BMW S1000 RR motorbike in Series 333,  will be awarded to Tina Serrao. She has been a resident of Dubai for 13 years now and works as an executive secretary for a trading company.

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