Devanjana Mukherjee, Khabri Media
Indians, most of them coming from middle class or lower middle class, have been participating in large numbers in these lotteries and a significant number of them have won big money over the last few years.
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It was a dream come true for at least five Indians living in cities across the UAE when they either won weekly draws or lotteries, the latest one being a control room operator winning a whopping Rs 45 crore. Working in the oil and gas industry, identified as Sreeju, won the Dh 20,000,000 (approximately Rs 45 crore) Mahzooz Saturday Millions. To subscribe please click tau.id/2iy6f and access our live channel.
Hailing from Kerala, Sreeju, 39, has been living and working in Fujairah, about 120 km east of Dubai, for the past 11 years. After the news of his incredible win reached him while he was at work, he said, he was “speechless, shocked and surprised” to know that he had won, not just a prize, but the top prize. He now plans to purchase a home in India without any financial liabilities.
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According to Suzan Kazzi, Head of Communications and CSR of Mahzooz Saturday Millions, “To date, our weekly draws have created 64 millionaires, and distributed close to half a billion dirhams to more than 1,107,000 winners, adding an incredibly positive spin to their stories of victory.”
Another Indian won the raffle prize with Emirates Draw FAST5 last Saturday. Sarath Sivadasan from Kerala, a 36-year-old procurement professional residing in Dubai, won Dh50,000 (approximately Rs 11 lakh) within just two months of participation.
On November 9, Manoj Bhavsar (45 yr old electronics technician) was among the winners of the Emirates Draw’s FAST5 game last Saturday where he Dh75,000 (about Rs 16 lakh). On November 8, a shipping manager, Anil Gianchandani won USD 1 million in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire.
Another report on November 8 said there were two Indians among the winners of the Mahzooz Saturday Millions to receive Dh100,000 each (Rs 22 lakh approximately). Fire and safety technician Sherien, 50, living in the UAE for two decades, “found it hard to believe as it marked his first time winning such a substantial prize.
The winners represent diverse backgrounds and professions, adding an extra layer of intrigue to their extraordinary stories. This lottery bonanza transcends geographical boundaries and has become a symbol of hope and possibility for dreamers worldwide.
As the winners step into the limelight, the public eagerly awaits the unfolding of their post-lottery narratives. The media spotlight will undoubtedly follow them, capturing the moments of joy, surprise, and perhaps even the challenges that come with such a life-altering windfall.
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