When his phone rang on Tuesday, Ahmad Abdul Khadar’s first thoughts were, “Must be a relative calling to enquire about the accident.”
Khadar, 62, was among 300 passengers who escaped death by a whisker when his flight crashlanded at the Dubai airport last week.
It turned out to be arguably the most shocking, pleasantly that is, call he ever received — someone called from Dubai to inform that he has won $ 1 million (around Rs 6.5 crore) in a Dubai duty-free raffle.
“For the lucky escape I have been praying to Almighty all these days. After the precious first gift (of life) I got another one... The latest gift has emboldened me to do more good things for the rest of my life,” he said.
Khadar, who had a habit of buying lottery tickets on journeys back home, had purchased one at the Dubai airport while returning to Kerala on Eid last month.
Khadar is working in the middle-east since 1978 and is employed as a fleet manager with a car dealer in Dubai.
One of his sons suffered a paralytic attack after a fall 16 years ago.
“My wife used to scold me for spending huge amount for raffles. I always consoled her, one day we will hit the jack port. I think this is my 17th lottery or so,” said Khadar.