Dubai Duty Free draws millionaire as tennis championships conclude

By Luke Barras-hill |

Sinead El Sibai, SVP for Marketing (second left) and Ramesh Cidambi, COO (third left) alongside men’s tournament Champion Ugo Humbert, who drew the winning ticket.

An Abu Dhabi-based Indian national scooped the US$1 million jackpot in the latest Dubai Duty Free (DDF) Millennium Millionaire draw, which took place at the conclusion of the DDF Tennis Championships (18 Feb – 2 March).

Sunil Nayyar, 60, won the Millennium Millionaire Series 452 with ticket 0971 after he purchased it online on 21 February.

The insurance company executive and father of one has been playing the prize lottery for 15 years.

He plans to put the money towards his son’s education while saving up for retirement.

Originally from Delhi, Nayyar is the 225th Indian national to have won US$1 million since the start of the Millennium Millionaire promotion in 1999, with Indian nationals accounting for the greatest share of Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire ticket buyers.

Tickets for the ‘Finest Surprise’ and ‘Millennium Millionaire’ promotion were on sale at Dubai Duty Free counters at the Tennis Village throughout the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The men’s championships final, sanctioned by the ATP, was contested on Saturday evening (2 March), with France’s Ugo Humbert claiming his maiden Dubai title after defeating Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik.

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