Expat bags $1 million after 30 years in Dubai


Gulf News, 12-09-2017 12:38:45


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Expat bags $1 million after 30 years in Dubai

Dubai resident bought lucky ticket just before he left for his annual vacation

Dubai: An expatriate who has been living in Dubai for three decades has finally struck gold.

Kaplenghat Velu Venugopalan is the latest winner of $1 million (Dh3.6 million) at the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw, it was announced on Tuesday.

He bought the lucky ticket just before he boarded his flight for Kerala, India, where he was to spend his annual vacation.

The Indian expat works as a company driver in Dubai. With his new-found wealth, Venugopalan said it may be time to leave the UAE, which has been his second home for the last 30 years.

“I am happy to have been living and working in Dubai forthe last 30 years. I think it’s time for me to retire and go back to my hometown in Kerala and start a small business,” he said.

The winner also intends to use part of his winnings to help those who are struggling financially and in need of medical assistance, and donate some to charity organisations.

Two other Indian nationals also got lucky at the same draw.  Ajit Kumar won a Jaguar F Type Coupe V8 in Series 1663 while Suresh Kutharambath Sakumaran Nair won a BMW R 1200 GS motorbike in Series 314.

Both winners were unavailable for comment as of press time.

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