Indian expat wins around Rs 28 crore in Abu Dhabi raffle draw


An Indian expatriate in the UAE has hit a jackpot by winning a whopping dirham 15 million (around Rs 27.6 crore) in a raffle draw in Abu Dhabi, the latest addition to the long list of lucky winners from India.

Shojith KS, who lives in Sharjah, on Friday won at the Abu Dhabi Duty Free’s Big Ticket series draw which was livestreamed on Youtube.

Shojith bought his winning ticket online on April 1, but is unaware that he is now a multi-millionaire as he repeatedly rejected the calls of the officers who tried to get in touch with him.

“If (our calls) don’t get through we will keep on trying. And if we still can’t get in touch with Shojith, we are going to his house – we know where he lives in Sharjah,” Richard, who conducts the Big Ticket Raffle at the Abu Dhabi International Airport every month, told the Khaleej Times.

Another Indian expatriate Mangesh Mainde won a BMW 220i in the draw, it said, adding that eight other Indian nationals and one Pakistani won nine consolation prizes.


In January this year, Dubai-based Indian national, Sarath Purushothaman was announced as the winner of the bumper prize, Dhs 15 million.

Last year, an Indian driver from Kerala John Varughese won Dhs 12 million in the raffle draw.

George Mathew, an employee of Gulf News, was another lucky winner of Dhs 12 million from Big Ticket in September.

Published on 4 May 2019

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