Aslan Karatsev with the winning ticket to the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw in Series 353.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Twenty-five employees of a school transport service company in Al Quoz have collectively won $1 million in the latest Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw that took place after the awarding ceremony of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Men's final on Saturday evening, March 20.
The winning ticket was drawn by Russian tennis player and champion of the tournament, Aslan Karatsev, who claimed his maiden Dubai title after defeating Lloyd Harris of South Africa in the finals.
Rahul Kovithala Thazheveettil, a 34-year-old Indian national based in Dubai, became the latest dollar millionaire in Millennium Millionaire Series 353 with ticket number 4960, which he purchased along with his colleague online on Feb.25.
A resident of Dubai for 12 years who works as a senior finance officer in the transport company, Thazheveettil, along with his colleagues, has been participating in the promotion for 3-4 years now, alternating the name on the ticket for each series whenever they purchase online.
Commenting on his win, Thazheveettil said, “I’m really surprised and very happy! We regularly buy tickets online and share the ticket cost whenever there’s a new series but to finally receive a call from Dubai Duty Free to confirm that we won was unbelievable.”
“Thank you to everyone involved in this amazing promotion. Also, congratulations and thank you to Aslan for picking our ticket number,” he added. Thazheveettil hails from Kerala in India and is the 178th Indian national to have won $1 million since the start of the Millennium Millionaire promotion in 1999.
Indian nationals make up the highest number of Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire ticket buyers. Aslan Karatsev was accompanied at the Millennium Millionaire draw by Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin, Ramesh Cidambi, COO, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services and Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President – Marketing.
Mr. Paraparambil George Varghese became the latest US$1 million winner in Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire in Series 328 with ticket number 1017.
A member of the ATP Global Tournament Council since 2010, Tahlak is the first and only Arab national to be re-elected for four consecutive terms.
Al Otaibi is the only second Kuwaiti national to have won $1 million since the start of the Millennium Millionaire promotion in 1999.
156 players from 24 countries will compete this week for this prestigious title that has another player the privilege of a precious qualifying place for The Open, to be held at Royal St Georges Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent, England in a couple of week’s time, through the 2021 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
The 53rd draw saw 26 winners share the Dhs1,000,000 second prize, taking home Dhs38,462 each. The top prize of Dhs10,000,000 is still up for grabs in the upcoming Grand Draw on Dec.4, 2021 at
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