An Indian national is the latest winner to scoop the top prize of the Dubai Duty Free (DDF) Millennium Millionaire promotion. And three further winners have been announced in the DDF Finest Surprise promotion.
Mr Vinay Shreekar Chodankar, an Indian national based in Mumbai, was awarded US$1 million in DDF’s Millennium Millionaire Series 429, with ticket number 3588, which he purchased on 30 June.
He is the 212th Indian national to have won US$1 million since the start of the Millennium Millionaire promotion in 1999.
Abu Dhabi resident wins DDF top prize
Following the draw on 19 July, a presentation was made to a previous US$1 million winner, in Series 428, with ticket number 0405. Mr Mani Balaraj received his ceremonial cheque from DDF officials.
A resident of Abu Dhabi for 12 years, Mr Balaraj shared the ticket cost with four of his friends, who have been participating in the DDF promotion for two years, alternating the name on the ticket for each series whenever they purchase.
Upon receiving his ceremonial cheque, he commented: “On behalf of my four other friends with whom I shared this winning prize, thank you so much, Dubai Duty Free.”
Following the Millennium Millionaire presentation, the Finest Surprise draw was conducted for three luxury vehicles.
New Finest Surprise winners
Mr Aiham Alkeilan, a 47-year-old Syrian national based in Dubai, won a BMW X5 M Competition (Mineral White Metallic) car, with ticket number 1384 in the Finest Surprise Series 1844.
A resident of Dubai for over 40 years, Mr Alkeilan has been a regular participant in DDF’s promotion for the past four years. “This is one of my happiest moments! Thank you Dubai Duty Free,” he declared.
Mr Arun Sinha, a 65-year-old Indian national based in New Delhi, won a Mercedes Benz S500 (Graphite Grey) car, with ticket number 1430 in the Finest Surprise Series 1845.
A regular participant in DDF’s promotion whenever he travels to Dubai, Mr Sinha is a father of two and works as a managing director of his own shipping company. “This is really fantastic, Dubai Duty Free you’re the best!” he said.
Lastly, Mr Abdulla Ahmed, a 57-year-old Emirati national based in Sharjah, won a BMW S 1000 XR (Black Storm Metallic) motorbike, with ticket number 1115 in the Finest Surprise Series 544, which he purchased online on 6 July.
A regular participant in DDF’s promotion for 15 years, Mr Ahmed previously won a Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic 3.0 P360 (Silicon Silver) car, with ticket number 0090 in the Finest Surprise Series 1776 in June 2021.
Following that Finest Surprise draw, a presentation to the previous winner of a motorbike in the Finest Surprise Series 542 took place.
Mr Erwin Speiser, winner of a BMW R 1250 RS (Black Storm Metallic) motorbike, with ticket number 1049 in the Finest Surprise Series 542, flew all the way from Austria to receive the key to his winning motorbike.
A third-time motorbike winner, Mr Speiser previously won in 2017 and 2021. He first won a Ducati Hypermotard SP motorbike with ticket number 0356 in the Finest Surprise Series 303 in April 2017, followed by a BMW F 900 XR motorbike, with ticket number 0312 in the Finest Surprise Series 442, in February 2021.
On receiving the key to his third motorbike with DDF, he commented: “Glad that I’m finally here; I can’t thank you enough, Dubai Duty Free, for giving me the opportunity to win in your amazing promotion for a record three times.”