Ten employees of Al Futtaim Trading Enterprise got lucky after scooping US$1 Million cash prize at today’s (Tuesday) Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise promotions held at Concourse B in Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport.
Mr. Gurmeet Singh, a 38-year-old Indian national based in Dubai, bought his lucky ticket no. 1197 online in Series 280 on 18th July. A participant in the promotion for a year now, Mr Singh decided for the first time to share the cost of the ticket along with his nine other colleagues (Indian, Bangladeshi and Filipinos) and purchased the ticket where all agreed to split the prize if they ever win.
A resident of Dubai for 16 years, Mr Singh, a showroom manager at Dubai Festival City branch couldn’t contain his excitement upon hearing the news and commented, “I always believe that promotion like this does works, Dubai Duty Free is indeed full of surprises. Thank you Dubai Duty Free for this magical moment.”
The draw was conducted by Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services, Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President – Marketing and Mona Al Ali, Vice President – HR Service Delivery.
Following the Millennium Millionaire draw, a presentation was made to previous winner, Mr. Antoine Labaky, who won in Series 279 with ticket number 3277. Mr. Labaky, who was flown in from Lebanon to collect his prize money is the 11th Lebanese national to win US$1 million since its inception in 1999. He also won a BMW 745Li (White) in Series 1151 on 17th August 2004.
Excited to receive the US$1 Million ceremonial cheque from DDF Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Mr. Labaky said; “I am thrilled to be here today to receive my winning prize and to thank the people who made my dream a reality. This is truly a memorable experience for me.”
Two other winners were also announced in the Finest Surprise promotion, each one winning a luxury vehicle.
Mr. Nivhans Seeboo, a Mauritian national based in Dubai won a Diamond White Mercedes Benz S560 in Series 1696 with ticket number 0954 which he bought online. Mr. Seeboo, the second Mauritan national to win the Finest Surprise promotion is uncontactable at the moment and will surely be surprised of his win.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tarek Ahmed, a 37 year old Dubai-based Egyptian national won the stylish motorbike BMW R 1200 GS Rallye in Series 345 - ticket number 0718. Mr. Ahmed, a project manager for an oil and gas company bought five tickets when he travelled to Egypt for vacation.
“I was thinking of upgrading my small BMW motorbike, so I bought five tickets for this series hoping to get lucky, and to great surprise I just did! Thank you Dubai Duty Free, I couldn’t wait to drive my dream bike on Dubai roads”.
Also present at today’s activities was Michael Schmidt, Senior Vice President – Retail Support.<< Back