George Thomas, a 43-year-old Indian ex-pat from Muvattupuzha, Kerala, who works at Dubai International Airport (DXB), is overjoyed after winning the Duty-Free Millennium Millionaire Promotion.
For the past ten years, Thomas, who has lived in Sharjah, believes his children’s future is safe because Lady Luck has finally smiled on him after a courageous six-year effort.
He has three children’s, and his wife is expecting their fourth kid too. When he bought the ticket on March 14, he knew he’d hit the jackpot. And the year 2016, the winning number, has turned out to be life-changing.
His relentless bid for the past six years, though, had left him with little hope. It was just about going through the steps and rites of passage.
However, Lady Luck has other plans for Thomas, a supply chain and distribution boss at DXB. He bought the ticket at that moment.
“Reversing to simple belief, I never bought monthly tickets. At most, I’d buy five times a year. During this period, I was simply passing by the ticket sales counter. I bought it at the moment. He added, “I had no feeling of winning it.”
“His wife thought it was a joke that George was kidding when he told her about the winning. Our fourth child is on the way. My children’s future has been protected as a result of the victory, “he said.
His wife and children are currently back in Kerala, where he was born. “When the Covid-19 pandemic did the lockout occurred last year, I found it difficult to see the children trapped inside four walls. Two months ago, I sent them back home with my mom. They are now enrolled in Kerala colleges. He said, “They’re much healthier there.”
His children previously attended GEMS Millennium School. Thomas remains undecided on how he will use his windfall profits. “I haven’t made any decisions about what I’ll do with the winning prize yet. I will do so as fast as possible, “he added.
Since the Millennium Millionaire promotion began in 1999, Thomas is the 179th Indian national to win $1 million. The majority of Dubai Duty-Free Millennium Millionaire ticket purchasers are Indian nationals.
After the Millennium Millionaire lottery draw, the Finest Surprise draw for a precious car and two motorcycles was held. Hatem Yehia, a 53-year-old citizen of who has lived in Sharjah for the past 30 years, won a rich Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 4M (Obsidian Black) car with ticket number 1128 in the Finest Surprise Series 1770, which he purchased on March 5 at The Irish Village.
Yehia, a father of two daughters, has been a frequent participant in Dubai Duty-Free’s promotion for 20 years. He previously served as a Sales Manager for Al Shams Technical Works in Dubai. “It’s unbelievable! I finally won in Dubai Duty-Free after a long wait! “he said.
With ticket number 0653 in Finest Surprise Series 449, Aryan Ravindra Shenoy, a 17-year-old Indian national born in Dubai, won a BMW F 850 GS (Black/Yellow) motorcycle. Vidya Shenoy, his girlfriend, had purchased the ticket in his name on their March 13 return to Dubai from India.
Shenoy is a student at GEMS New Millennium School in Grade XII.
“We’ve been taking part in the Dubai Duty-Free promotion for about three years, and we still put the ticket in our only son’s name because he’s our fortunate charm,” she said.
Deepak Raghunath Sharma, 44, a Sharjah-based Indian national, received an Indian Scout Bobber (Jade Smoke) motorcycle. He bought ticket number 0643 in the Finest Surprise Series 450 online on March 25.
Sharma, a ten-year Sharjah resident who works as a property sales agent, has been a four-year participant in the Dubai Duty-Free promotion.