Bangladeshi expat wins 20 million dirhams in latest Big Ticket raffle


When Big Ticket host Richard called Arif and asked how he was doing, all Arif could say was “Alhamdulillah!” First class!” – unaware that he had won the grand prize of 20 million dirhams for the night! Richard told Arif that Big Ticket staff would call him after the live draw to share details on how the price of which he could claim.

Last month’s grand prize winner, Mujeeb Chirathodi, 49, an Indian truck driver living in Ajman, was present at the draw to choose this month’s grand prize winner. Chirathodi had previously won 12 million dirhams, which he shared with his nine friends, including seven fellow Indians and two Bangladeshis.

Arif, who runs his own used car trading business, is the sole winner and won’t have to share the prize with anyone. He said he used to buy a ticket, putting aside 500 Dh each month for the past year.

“I don’t buy tickets online either. I travel every month from Sharjha to Abu Dhabi airport to buy a ticket. My perseverance paid off after a year,” Arif said.

Indian national Fabitha Binas (ticket number 271300 purchased on May 27) won the second prize of Dh1 million, while Dubai resident Nihita Vincent (ticket number 219746), also Indian, won the third prize of 100,000 Dhs.

Fellow Dubai resident and Indian expat Santhosh Payyambrayill Ravindran (ticket number 053184) won the fourth prize worth Dh50,000.

Dream Car Jeep Grand Cherokee went to Jaison Jhon (ticket number 018924) from India.

Meanwhile, Justin Joseph (Indian), Ibrahim Abed Lutfi Othman (Jordanian), Diyona Anna Binu (Indian) and Thedsinamoorthy Meenachisundaram (Indian) won Dh500,000 each in weekly electronic draws last month.

The next draw for Series 241 will be on July 3, where Dh15m is the grand prize. There’s also a raffle for an all-new Maserati sports car. The price of a Big Ticket is 500 Dh, VAT included. If two tickets are purchased, the third is free. The Dream Car ticket is 150 Dh, including VAT, with the “2 get 1 free” promotion. Participants can visit Big Ticket stores at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain Airport or online at the Big Ticket website.


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