Indian man wins 33 million rupees in UAE lottery (representative image) Reuters
Dubai: Fortune smiled on Rajeev Arikkat, an Indian residing in the UAE, when he won the lottery worth Rs 33 crore. Arikkatt won a jackpot worth 15 million dirhams (about 33 million rupees) in the weekly Big Ticket Abu Dhabi draw, which changed his fortune dramatically. The winning ticket included the birthdays of his two young children.
An Indian immigrant who works in an architectural firm in Al Ain lives in the UAE with his wife and two young children, aged five and eight. He has been participating in the Big Ticket draw for the last three years, but this time he and his wife chose the ticket with the numbers 7 and 13, which are the birth dates of his children. Arikkatt received the winning ticket – number 037130 – as a freebie in draw no. 260, reports Khaleej Times.
Received ticket with Rajeev’s children’s birthdays
Speaking about his life-changing win, the Indian said: “I have lived in Al Ain for over 10 years. I have been buying tickets for the past three years. This is the first time I won the lottery. This time, my wife and I chose the slip with the numbers 7 and 13, which are the birth dates of our children. Two months ago, I narrowly missed out on Dh1 million with the same combination, but this time I was lucky,” Rajeev told Khaleej Times.
Indian nationals are the largest buyers of lottery tickets in the UAE
Indians, most of them from the middle or lower middle class, actively participate in a large number of these lotteries and many have won big over the past few years. On December 31 last year, a private driver from India won the top prize of 20 million UAE dirhams (about 44 million rupees) in the Big Ticket Live draw. According to Gulf News, Munavar Fairoos has been announced as the lucky winner of the 259 Big Ticket Live draw.
In November 2023, an Indian in the UAE who worked as a control room operator in the oil and gas industry won a whopping Rs 45 crore. Hailing from Kerala, 39-year-old Sreeju has been living and working in Fujairah, about 120 km east of Dubai, for the past 11 years.