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Indian student wins $1m in Dubai Duty Free raffle


Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise promotion draw being conducted in Concourse C of Dubai International Airport on Tuesday.

Dubai Duty Free (DDF) ended April by announcing the latest $1m winner in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise promotion on Tuesday in Concourse C of Dubai International Airport.

Sara Elrayah Ahmed, a 21-year-old Indian national, has joined the long list of Dubai Duty Free’s dollar millionaires as her ticket number 2790 in Series 299 was drawn on Tuesday.

Ahmed, a medical student from Nile University in Sudan, purchased the ticket on her way back to Manama during her transit to Dubai from Mumbai.

She bought a ticket under her name as instructed by her father, who’s a regular online participant of the million-dollar promotion for the past 5-6 years.

“I followed my father’s advice to purchase a ticket and put it under my name, and never in my wildest dream did I ever imagine to win such a huge amount of money. Thank you Dubai Duty Free for a life changing surprise, this will certainly go a long way!” she said.

Ahmed is the 141st Indian national to win US$1 million since its inception in 1999.

The Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw was conducted by Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Ramesh Cidambi, Chief Operating Officer, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services and Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President – Marketing.

Following the draw for the Millennium Millionaire, three more winners were also announced in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise promotion, with each one winning a luxury vehicle.

Russian national,Irina Druzhinina won a McLaren 570S Spider (Volcano Orange) in Series no. 1716 with winning ticket number 0724 while Jaswinder Singh Brar, an Indian national based in Dubai won a Range Rover HSE 340 HP (Fuji White) in Series no. 1717 with ticket number 0065. Both winners were not contactable at the time of the draw but will surely be surprised with their win.

Lastly, Shahul Hameed, a 35 year old Indian national living in Dubai for the past 11 years won a BMW R Nine T Scrambler motorbike (Black Storm Aurum) in Series 364 with ticket number 0660. 

This is the second motorbike Hameed has won from Dubai Duty Free and couldn’t contain his excitement upon hearing the news and said: ”Dubai Duty Free just keeps making a lot of us lucky! Thank you so much and all the best!”  His first win was in Series 360 with ticket number 0405 for an Indian Scout Bobber in March 2019 and vowed to try his luck for the $1 million promotion.