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Malayalee expat in Dubai wins $ 1 million in duty-free raffle

Anub Pillai, a manager with a construction firm in the UAE, is yet to decide on how to invest the prize money.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2020, 15:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
Indian nationals buy the maximum number of tickets and 169 of them  have hit the jackpot so far.
Indian nationals buy the maximum number of tickets and 169 of them have hit the jackpot so far.(Representative Photo/Reuters)

A 46-year-old Keralite living in Dubai won the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw pocketing $ one million on Wednesday. The Dubai International Airport said Anub Pillai, a resident of Dubai for 21 years, won the draw which he bought online (ticket no 4512) on Oct 4.

A father of two, Pillai works as a manager with a construction firm in the United Arab Emirates. “Initially I couldn’t believe it. I used to participate in big ticket raffles for more than a decade. A dream has come true for me. I am really thankful to Dubai Duty Free for running such amazing promotions,” he said adding he is yet to decide on how to invest the prize money.

Indian nationals buy the maximum number of tickets and many of them have hit the jackpot. According to Dubai International Airport, Pillai is the 169th Indian to win US $ one million since the start of the Millennium Millionaire promotion in 1999.

After the main draw, surprise draws for a luxury car and two motorbikes were also held. Another Indian, Vishal Raveendran, won one of the super bikes, Dubai Airport said.

In August, Dipankar Dey, an optician hailing from West Bengal had won the big ticket raffle.

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