In the first Big Ticket raffle draw of the New Year, a Bangladeshi expat driver won Dh35 million in the Series 247 held in Abu Dhabi, reports Khaleej Times.
Mohammed Rayful from Al Ain won the biggest-ever grand prize with ticket number 043678 bought on December 10, 2022.
However, the draw hosts could not reach him over the phone after multiple attempts as the 39-year-old winner was driving.
Luckily the organisers were able to reach the Al Ain resident and break the news of him winning a jackpot.
Rayful works as a pick-up driver for a company in Al Ain and has been buying tickets for the past nine years. His winning ticket was purchased online with a group of 20 friends, all of whom will now be splitting the prize money.
“I have been living in the UAE for the past 12 years. I can hardly believe that I have won. I am very excited and overjoyed.”
Asked how he will use the money, Rayful is clueless as he hasn’t made any plans.
“I wasn’t expecting to receive a winning call tonight.”
And for those who missed out this time around, the next draw for Dh23 million will be held on February 3. People who purchase a ticket throughout this month will also be automatically entered into the weekly electronic draw and stand a chance to walk away with 1kg of 24-carat gold every week.
In addition to the grand prize, a second prize amount of Dh1 million will be announced, as well as a third prize amount of Dh100,000 fourth prize amount of Dh50,000.
The ticket price for the ‘Big Ticket Millionaire’ is Dh500. If you buy two tickets, we will give you a third ticket absolutely free.
Also, customers who purchase ‘Dream Car’ tickets will have the opportunity to win a Range Rover on February 3. The cost of one ‘Dream Car’ ticket is Dh150, and, as with the cash prize, anyone who purchases two tickets will get one for free.
Ticket purchases can be made online through the Big Ticket website www.bigticket.ae or by visiting the in-store counters at Abu Dhabi International Airport and Al Ain Airport.