An Indian hit a jackpot by winning $ 1.9 million in a monthly raffle in the United Arab Emirates, hours before he left the country for good, a news article reported today. Tojo Mathew, 30, working as a civilian supervisor in the capital Abu Dhabi, bought the ticket yesterday at the city’s airport before boarding a flight to India. Mathew, originally from Kerala, was leaving the United Arab Emirates for good to join his wife in Delhi.
“I bought the ticket at Abu Dhabi airport just before boarding the flight to India on June 24th. I was definitely leaving the United Arab Emirates to join my wife, who found a job in New Delhi. I still can’t believe I won, “Mathew told The Khaleej Times.” Mathew took home the 7 million dirhams ($ 1.9 million) as he was gone for good, according to The report.
Mathew said his big dream was to own a house in Kerala. “It has been my dream for a long time. Now it can become a reality with the raffle money, ”he said. Mathew and his friends heard the news yesterday when they checked out the Big Ticket website.
Nine others won 100,000 dirhams (US $ 27,000) in the draw. The winners included five Indians, a Pakistani and a Kuwaiti. Previously, an Indian driver in Dubai won 12 million dirhams in a raffle in Abu Dhabi in April. In January, another Keralite in the United Arab Emirates won 12 million dirhams in the biggest raffle prize ever in Abu Dhabi.