Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Pakistani national Mubashir, winning Dhs100,000 in the Raffle Draw has been the lifeline he has been seeking for months after life dealt him multiple blows. “I’m an electronics engineer who put my technical services business on hold and took up the job of an events security guard because of Covid-19’s economic backlash,” explains the 38-year-old Dubai resident.
Mubashir will use the winning amount to revive his business, resume his professional dreams and bring over his elderly father to Dubai for medical treatment. “My father met with a workplace accident which has scarred his face and left him unable to walk; he hasn’t left the house since. Finding a way to give his life back to him is my dream.”
It was this dream of providing for his father and family back home that drove the dutiful son to accept a security guard’s job: “In June of 2021, I couldn’t afford my rent or my business’ license renewal fees. Some days, I couldn’t bear the pain of doing a job that was a downgrade for me. But thanks to God and Mahzooz, I can restart my life and fulfil so many of my dreams. This win is the biggest surprise of my life,” Mubashir says.
Michael, another one of the Raffle Draw winners, was equally stunned to see an email informing him of his win. “You never think it will be you! I was driving home to Abu Dhabi from Expo 2020 when the notification popped up. Once I reached home, parked and checked my phone, I cheered and fist-pumped in celebration,” the 55-year-old British surgeon recounts.
The father of two has more celebrations scheduled, including buying himself a new road bike. However, before that, he intends to donate a sizeable portion of his winnings to children’s cancer charities. “Children’s cancer is a cause close to our heart as a family because we’ve experienced it and know how vital funding research and support for families going through that is. So, we’re keen on giving back to the less fortunate instead of frivolous spending.”
Michael confirms he’ll keep participating in upcoming draws: “They say lightning doesn’t strike twice, but I’ll absolutely keep trying for theDhs 10,000,000 Top Prize as we’ve seen people winning more than once with Mahzooz!”
Which is exactly what happened to Francois from Lebanon – the Abu Dhabi resident proved that lightning can strike twice by matching two lines in last week’s Grand Draw and winning twice. “Every week, my wife and I pick a line each, and she always picks the number 17, but she didn’t this week.
“Had she chosen 17, we would have matched five out of five numbers this week and won the Dhs10,000,000 Top Prize,” narrates the 41-year-old.
Francois isn’t disheartened by the ironic twist of fate: I’ve never believed I’m lucky. But winning twice in the same draw and having such a close call with becoming a millionaire has reinstated my belief in luck. I will keep participating in Mahzooz and so should everyone,” he concludes.
The 60th weekly live Mahzooz draw also saw 34 other winners share the Grand Draw’s Dhs1,000,000 second prize, taking home Dhs27,777 each. The top prize of Dhs10,000,000 is still up for grabs in the upcoming Grand Draw on 22 January 2022 at 9:00pm UAE time. Entrants can participate in the draw by registering via www.mahzooz.ae and purchasing a bottle of water for Dhs35. Mahzooz is inclusive to all who are eligible.
Both the winners, Rustamkhan, 34, and Vinod, 43, are from Rajasthan and Kerala states respectively and made their dreams come true by matching five out of six numbers and sharing the Dhs1 million second prize.
The 45th weekly live Mahzooz draw has transformed the lives of nine lucky winners who shared the Dhs1m prize. All nine participants matched five out of the six winning numbers (7, 15, 18, 20, 22, 40) and bagged Dhs111,111 each.
The second prize of Dhs1,000,000 was shared by 16 winners who took home Dhs62,500 each after matching four out of the five winning numbers which were (4, 26, 36, 37, 38), according to Ewings, Managing Operator of Mahzooz..
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