An Indian expat’s last minute entry into the Dubai Mahzooz Millionaires Prize Draw changed his life for good and made him a millionaire overnight.
Mir, a Dubai resident, entered the raffle just five hours before the winner was announced and became Mahzooz’s 15th millionaire this year.
The Indian national took gold and won the million dirhams, which is the second prize in the 44th Mahzooz weekly live draw after finding five of the six winning numbers.
The enthusiastic 34-year-old sales manager said: “Five hours before the live draw, I felt the urge to enter the draw by purchasing a bottle of water. I couldn’t check the results as I was busy shopping.
“My wife, who is also an active participant, had earned Dh 1,000 just two weeks ago. So I thought that I too could win, but never in my wildest dreams had I imagined winning a million dirhams that would change my life, ”said Mir.
Mir learned of his big win the next morning after the toss.
“I was at work when I received a call informing me that I had won 1 million dirhams. When I realized the call was genuine, I was left speechless. I was just blown away, ”Mir said.
The young man had moved to Dubai from his hometown of Hyderabad, India 12 years ago to pursue higher education. But he decided to give up when he found a lucrative job in the emirate.
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“Last year, I decided to resume my graduate studies and enrich my professional skills. So I went back to college. Now thanks to Mahzooz I have enough money not only to pursue my masters but also to live a comfortable life and fulfill my dreams.
A strong supporter of education as an answer to many of the world’s problems, he also plans to use a portion of his earnings to sponsor the education of some underprivileged students in India.
Mir and his wife both said it was the humanitarian aspect of Mahzooz that encouraged them to participate in the raffle regularly.
“The fact that Mahzooz distributes the water bottles we buy, to participate in the raffle, to those who need it, makes it a meaningful experience, as it allows me to help others while having a chance to realize my dreams. “said Mir.
He added: “I would advise people to keep participating in the draw because it can be life changing for anyone. I am the living example of someone who entered just in time and won! Mahzooz has proven to me that miracles happen.
People can participate in Mahzooz by registering through www.mahzooz.ae and purchasing a bottle of water. Each bottle purchased (for Dh35) is eligible for one line in the draw and the donation is channeled through Mahzooz’s community partners to hydrate those in need.
The next draw will take place as scheduled on October 2 at 9 p.m. UAE time.