10-yr-old Indian wins $1.3 million
Mohit Himthani wins the grand prize, the largest in the history of the UAE, after his father bought 15 tickets for the raffle.india Updated: Feb 22, 2008 20:38 IST
A 10-year-old Indian boy has won five million dirhams ($1.36 million) in a mega raffle organised by a local bank in the course of the ongoing Dubai Shopping Festival.
Mohit Himthani won the grand prize, the largest in the history of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), after his father Laxman Himthani bought 15 tickets for the millionaire raffle organised by Mashreq Bank.
"It is such a shock. Mohit knows that he has won but he is very small. We will save the money so my children can continue their studies," the father of the winner told the Gulf News.
He said prior to getting the news about the raffle win, he and his family were planning to return to India because of the high cost of living in the UAE.
Stating that he will use the money for the education of his two children - son Mohit and a daughter - he said: "He (Mohit) is a very good student. His best subjects are Arabic and maths... He always gets full marks.
"He wants to be a pilot - so maybe he can buy his own plane," Laxman said, adding that he will continue to buy raffle tickets in the future.