Dubai: Fortune has smiled upon Rajeev Arikkatt, an Indian man residing in the UAE, as he won a lottery worth Rs 33 crore. Arikkatt won a jackpot worth 15 million dirhams (approximately Rs 33 crore) in the Big Ticket Abu Dhabi weekly draw, dramatically changing his fortunes. The winning ticket featured the birthdays of his two young children.
The Indian immigrant, who works at 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 draws for the past three years and this time he and his wife selected a ticket featuring numbers 7 and 13, which are birth dates of his children. Arikkatt received the winning ticket – number 037130 – as a freebie during raffle draw number 260, according to Khaleej Times.
Received ticket featuring b’days of Rajeev’s children
Talking about the life-changing win, the Indian man said, “I have been residing in Al Ain for more than 10 years. I have been purchasing tickets for the past three years. This is the first time I have won a lottery. This time, my wife and I selected tickets with numbers 7 and 13, which are the birth dates of our children. Two months ago, I missed Dh1 million by a whisker with the same combination, but this time I was fortunate,” Rajeev told Khaleej Times .
Indian nationals biggest buyers of lottery tickets in UAE
Indians, most of them coming from middle class or lower middle class, have actively been taking part in large numbers in these lotteries and a significant number of them have won big prize over the last few years. On December 31, last year, a private driver from India won the jackpot prize of 20 million UAE dirhams (approximately Rs 44 crore) at the Big Ticket Live draw. According to Gulf News, Munavar Fairoos was named the lucky winner at the Series 259 Big Ticket Live draw.
In November 2023, an Indian in the UAE, working as a control room operator in the oil and gas industry won a whopping Rs 45 crore. Sreeju, 39, hailing from Kerala, has been living and working in Fujairah, about 120 km east of Dubai, for the past 11 years.