Brazilian expat wins $1m in Dubai Duty Free raffle

Officials choose the winning ticket in Dubai.

A Brazilian national was announced as the latest $1 million winner of the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire in the raffle held at Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 2 on Wednesday.

Mr. Carlos Torres, a 57-year-old Brazilian national based in Abu Dhabi became the latest $1 million winner in the Millennium Millionaire Series 381 with ticket number 2178, which he purchased online on 19and January.

A regular participant in the Dubai Duty Free promotion for five years, Mr Carlos has been an Abu Dhabi resident for five years now and a father of three.

“Thank you for this opportunity, it’s really paid off. It’s the most wonderful thing that’s ever happened to me,” he said.

Mr Torres is the first Brazilian national to win $1 million since the Millennium Millionaire promotion began in 1999.

The Millennium Millionaire draw on Wednesday was hosted by Dubai Duty Free Chief Operating Officer Ramesh Cidambi, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Business Services, Sinead El Sibai, SVP – Marketing, Michael Schmidt, SVP – Retail and Sharon Beecham, SVP – Purchasing.

Following the Millennium Millionaire draw, the Finest Surprise draw was conducted for two luxury vehicles.

Mr. Ansar M, an Indian national based in the United Arab Emirates, won a Mercedes Benz S500 car (Mojave Silver), with ticket number 0373 in Finest Surprise Series 1796, which he purchased online on 7and January.

Mr. M is currently unreachable and will surely be surprised to learn of his victory.

Finally, Mr. Roshan Pereira, a 42-year-old Indian national based in Fujairah won a Harley-Davidson Softail Street Bob 114 FXBBS (Vivid Black) motorcycle, with ticket number 0888 in Finest Surprise Series 485, which he purchased online on the 5thand January.

A regular participant in the Dubai Duty Free promotion for the past two years, Mr. Pereira is a father of one and works in the seaport of Fujairah.

“Thank you so much Dubai Duty Free. You really made my day!” he said.

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