August 20 2019  |  Retailers

Indian expat hits US$1 million jackpot in Dubai Duty Free promotion

By Hibah Noor


Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw in Series 308 was conducted by DDF Chief Operating Officer, Ramesh Cidambi; Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services; Michael Schmidt, Senior Vice President – Retail Support; and Thankachan Varghese, Terminal Operation Manager - Retail

A lucky Indian expat in Dubai has won US$1 million in the latest Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise draw, held August 20 at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3, Concourse B.

Dubai-based Indian national Mrs O. Beejal became a dollar millionaire in Series 308 with ticket number 4111.

“I’m truly speechless and I’m beyond grateful. I don’t know how to thank Dubai Duty Free for this big surprise,” said Mrs Beejal, who is the 148th Indian national to win in Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire since its inception in 1999.

A regular participant in Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion, Mrs Beejal’s husband bought a ticket under both of their names for the first time while traveling to India on July 25. They picked ticket number 4111, which happens to be their apartment number.

When asked what she planned to do with her winnings, the first thought was charity.

Following the Millennium Millionaire draws, four winners were announced in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise promotion.

Jahanzeb Arif, a Pakistani national, won a Nissan GTR Premium Edition car in Series 1727 with ticket number 0149, which he bought online.

Annie Espy Dias, a Portuguese national, won a Porsche Cayenne S in Series 1728 with ticket number 0631.

Shaheen Sheik, an Indian national based in Dubai, won a Moto Guzzi California Touring motorbike in Series 375 with ticket number 0141.

Sheik, along with his four colleagues, bought a total of 50 tickets online and split the cost between them.

Ghulam Ameeri, a Bahraini, won an Aprilia Tuono RR 1100 motorbike in Series 376 with ticket number 0883.

The draw was conducted by Dubai Duty Free Chief Operating Officer, Ramesh Cidambi; Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services; Michael Schmidt, Senior Vice President – Retail Support; and Thankachan Varghese, Terminal Operation Manager - Retail.

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