Dubai Duty Free names Millennium Millionaire & Finest Surprise winners

By Trbusiness Editor |

Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Draw Millennium Millionaire Jan 2024

The latest Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise draw is made for two luxury vehicles.

It’s been a spectacular start to 2024 for Hannan Mohamed Abdurehman and Gowda Ashok Gopal – the latest big winners in Dubai Duty Free’s (DDF) Millennium Millionaire promotion.

Abdurehman, an Ethiopian national based in Ethiopia, became a US$1 million winner in DDF’s Millennium Millionaire Series 445 with ticket number 3386, which she purchased online on 18 December 2023.

Gopal – a 59-year-old Indian national based in Mumbai – scooped the top prize in DDF’s Millennium Millionaire Series 446 with ticket number 3082, which he purchased online during the Dubai Duty Free 40th Anniversary on 20 December.

Anniversary boosts Millennium Millionaire

DDF achieved sales of US$14.8 million (Dhs54.2m) on that milestone 40th anniversary, spurred by a special 25% discount on a wide range of merchandise for 24 hours.

Online sales topped US$2.1m (Dhs7.5m) with a total of 5,815 combined orders received through Click & Collect and Home Delivery service, as well as tickets for the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise promotions purchased online.

Gopal works in research and development for an electronic solution company in Mumbai. He has been a regular participant in DDF’s promotion for 15 years.

Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw Jan 2024

Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman & CEO Colm McLoughlin; COO Ramesh Cidambi; Sinead El Sibai SVP – Marketing; Michael Schmidt SVP – Retail; and Sharon Beecham SVP – Purchasing conducted the draw for the Millennium Millionaire Series 445 and 446.

“Dubai Duty Free has been doing a fantastic job of making many millionaires, and I’m delighted that I’m one of them,” he commented. “I have lots of things to do with my life, including doing charity work.”

Gopal is the 222nd Indian national to have won US$1 million in the Millennium Millionaire promotion since in 1999. Indian nationals are the biggest buyers of tickets.

Following the latest Millennium Millionaire draw, DDF conducted the Finest Surprise draw, for two luxury vehicles.

Lahiz Mohammed, an Indian national based in Sharjah, won a Mercedes Benz S500 (Diamond White) car, with ticket number 0064 in the Finest Surprise Series 1863. The ticket was purchased by his father on 16 December 2023.

Safeer Palliparamdil has been a regular participant in DDF’s promotion for six years, and alternates the name on the ticket between himself and his three children. “I’m very thankful to Dubai Duty Free for this win!”, he commented. “I can’t wait to bring my son to Dubai Duty Free to see his winning car.”

Finally, Mustafa Wali Mohammad, a 34-year-old Afghan national based in Al Ain, won a Harley-Davidson Sportster S (White Sand Pearl) motorbike, with ticket number 0183 in the Finest Surprise Series 561. He purchased the winning ticket online on 18 December 2023.

Mohammad is a father of eight and works as an accounts manager for a transportation company in Al Ain. “Thank you so much Dubai Duty Free, I’m so happy with this win!” he said.

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