He will share the win with four colleagues and friends.
Navaneeth Sajeevan is an Indian ex-pat. He lost his job due to Covid 19, and now he has become a millionaire. Navaneeth is a 30-year-old Indian national and a resident of Abu Dhabi. He won 1 million USD(3,672,900 AED) in the Dubai Duty-Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise Promotion.
Sajeevan is a father of one, and he is living in Abu Dhabi for the past 4 years. Due to the current pandemic, he is going to lose his job as he is made redundant.
December 28 will be his last working day, and he has not thought about his future in the UAE. He might return to India for a vacation as he has not been there for a long time. Navaneeth told in a statement.
He was excited and was not able to contain his emotions. He will be sharing this good news with his friends with whom he shared the cost of the ticket.
I just came from a job interview, and to receive this call from Dubai Duty-Free is totally unbelievable, said Navaneeth.
Sajeevan hails from Kerala, and he is the 171st Indian national to win $1 million since the introduction of the Millennium Millionaire promotion in 1999. Among the Dubai Duty-Free Millennium Millionaire ticket consumers, Indian nationals make up the highest number.
Founded in 1983, Dubai Duty-Free has become one of the biggest travel retail operators in the world with a sales turnover of US$2.029 billion in 2019. DDF employs around 5,500 people, and its operation has grown consistently and raised the benchmarks for airport retailing.
Since its launch in June 1999, the Dubai Duty-Free Millennium Millionaire Promotion has successfully attracted the residents and the people visiting the UAE. It offers a one-in-5000 chance to win 1 million USD. At approximately 2-3 weeks intervals, raffles take place at Dubai Duty-Free shopping complex.
There have been 7 winners who doubled the luck and won the promotion twice in the history of Millennium Millionaire.
Tickets for Millennium Millionaire can be purchased online. Also at Dubai Duty-Free in Dubai International or Al Maktoum International Airport.
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