January 20 2021  |  Retailers

A handful of people have been added to the long list of DDF winners

By Laura Shirk

The Dubai Duty Free executive team conducted the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise draw for one luxury car and two motorbikes

Five lucky individuals have been added to the list of dollar millionaire and luxury vehicle winners when Dubai Duty Free conducted the latest draw of Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise promotion today at Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport.

Mr. Amit S., a 46-year old Indian national businessman based in Bangalore became a USD$1 million-dollar winner when his ticket number in Millennium Millionaire Series 348 was selected.

A participant in DDF’s promotion since 2016, Mr. S took advantage of the 25% discount during the Dubai Duty Free 37th anniversary celebration and purchased ten tickets.

“I am so grateful for this win, it’s hard to believe that it actually happened. This amount will definitely change the whole quality of my life. Thank you so much Dubai Duty Free. 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 says.

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 USD$1 million dollars in Millennium Millionaire Series 349 with ticket number 1720, which he bought online on 1st January 2021.

The draw was conducted by Colm McLoughlin, CEO & Executive Vice Chairman, Ramesh Cidambi, Chief Operating Officer, Salah Tahlak, Executive VP of Corporate Services, Sinead El Sibai, SVP of Marketing, Mona Al Ali, SVP of Human Resources, Michael Schmidt, SVP of Retail Support and Zayed Al Shebli, VP of Loss Prevention and Corporate Security.

Following the Millennium Millionaire draw, the Finest Surprise contest was conducted for one luxury car and two motorbikes. Zaya Sheikh, an American national based in Dubai, helped her mother, Mrs. Anika Jahan-Chowdhury walk away with a Mercedes Benz GLS 580 4M (Selenite Grey). It was the first time the mother and small business owner bought a ticket under her daughter’s name.

Additionally, Mr. Nizar Nisu, a 33-year-old Indian national based in Abu Dhabi and first-time participant of the draw, won a BMW F 750GS (Black/Yellow) motorbike and Mr. Zaheer Abbas, a 36-year-old Pakistani national based in Dubai and father of two, won an Aprilia Tuono Factory (Nero Opaca) motorbike.

Mr. Abbas, who watched the live draw on DDF’s Facebook page was excited to hear his name announced on the video. Struggling with finances due to the global pandemic, he had to borrow money to purchase the ticket for Series 440.

“Thank you Dubai Duty Free for this very timely win. The money that I will get if I sell this motorbike will go along away,” shares Abbas.

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