July 6 2022  |  Retailers

Dubai Duty Free announces Millennium Millionaire winners

By GTR Magazine Staff

Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Series 393

A group of 20 friends has collectively won US$1 million in the latest Dubai Duty Free (DDF) Millennium Millionaire draw held today at Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport.

43-year-old Mr. Rabeesh Rajendran became the latest US$1 million winner in the Millennium Millionaire Series 393 with ticket number 4369, which he purchased along with his friends online on June 19.

Rajendran and his friends have been participating in the promotion for more than a year, alternating the name on the ticket for each series when purchasing online.

A resident of Dubai for 20 years, Rajendran is a father of two and works as a truck driver for Al Kabeer Transport.

"I am lost for words and I still can't believe that we won US$1 million. We can’t wait to visit Dubai Duty Free to thank all of you for making this happen," he said.

Rajendran, from Kerala, India, is the 193rd Indian national to have won US$1 million since the start of the Millennium Millionaire promotion in 1999. Indian nationals make up the highest number of Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire ticket buyers, according to DDF.

The Millennium Millionaire draw was conducted by Dubai Duty Free Joint Chief Operating Officer, Salah Tahlak, Bernard Creed, SVP – Finance, Mona Al Ali, SVP – HR and Michael Schmidt, SVP – Retail.

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

Mr. Hariram Ramanathan, a 31 year old Indian national based in Dubai, won a BMW 750Li xDrive M Sport (Mineral White Metallic) car, with ticket number 0577 in Finest Surprise Series 1809, which he purchased on June 18 on his way to India for a vacation. A resident of Dubai for seven years now, Ramanathan is a father of two and works as a Sales Manager for Ceekay Multi Services at Jebel Ali Freezone.

"I’m so happy for this win. Thank you Dubai Duty Free," he said.

And, Mr. Rozano Reyes, a 40 year old Filipino national based in Dubai, won a BMW S 1000 R (Hockenheim Silver Metallic) motorbike, with ticket number 0831 in Finest Surprise Series 503, which he purchased online on June 14. A resident of Dubai since 2008, Reyes is a father of two and works as a consultant for a public address system company in Dubai.

Mr. Reyes will be celebrating his birthday on July 10 and was delighted with his win, saying, "Thanks a lot Dubai Duty Free for this early birthday gift."

Lastly, 37-year-old British national based in Dubai Mr. Islam Ghareeb won an Indian Scout Twenty (Stealth Gray) motorbike, with ticket number 0718 in Finest Surprise Series 504, which he purchased online on June 27.

Born and raised in Dubai, Mr. Ghareeb is a "self-confessed biker" and works for Al Salam Community School in Dubai. A regular participant in Dubai Duty Free's promotion for five years now, Mr. Ghareeb is celebrating his birthday next week.

"This is such a wonderful surprise, and I just couldn't wait to collect my unexpected birthday gift from Dubai Duty Free," he said.

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