A 40-member group, together with 38 Indians working at a Qatar-based hypermarket chain, have received 10 million dirhams (USD 2.72 million) in a fortunate draw within the UAE, based on a media report on Monday.
The profitable ticket was purchased on Indian expatriate Naheel Nizamudeen’s identify within the Big Ticket Lottery, Abu Dhabi, the Khaleej Times reported.
Mr Nizamudeen, who hails from Kerala, couldn’t be reached since Sunday night and the lottery organisers needed to contact his dad and mom in India to ship the information of the mega prize.
In the lottery utility, Mr Naheel had given his Indian quantity which was not energetic. However, he had additionally given the alternate variety of his dad and mom, which was how the organisers contacted him.
The prize shall be shared by one other 39 winners, of whom 37 are Indians (all hailing from Kerala) and the opposite two are from Bangladesh. All of them are staff of Qatar-based hypermarket chain Al Suwayed Group.
The information of the profitable is but to sink in. “We usually get a lot of spam calls. I still can’t believe that we have won,” Mr Naheel instructed the newspaper.
“We are all from middle-class families and have financial issues. So, the future of 40 families have been secured with this jackpot,” mentioned Shinoy Othayoth Kizhakk, one of many winners and Mr Nizamedeen’s roommate.
Mr Shinoy mentioned it was the primary time that 40 individuals purchased the ticket.
“Usually, there are 10 to 15 people who purchase the ticket. Since we were not winning for the past couple of years, we expanded our group to 40….. You never know who gets lucky,” Mr Shinoy mentioned over the cellphone.