Four other Indians won 3,20,000 AED
Harikrishnan V. Nair, an Indian national based in Ajman, UAE, has won Big Ticket lottery worth 12 million Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) equal to over Rs. 20 crore on Sunday. He was informed about the win by company executive. It was unbelievable for him considering someone was pulling a prank on him. The Big Ticket “Dream 12” competition ran in December last year.
According to Gulf News, He was told “You are the Big Ticket winner of Dh12 million” by the women executive at 10.05 morning. “I told her about the call, but also said I wasn’t sure about it. I asked her to check online to confirm” he said to the newspaper.
Nair immediately informed his wife, Nisha Harikrishnan in her office, who was stunned. “Dh12 million is a big amount! I was blank,” she said. One AED is equal to INR 17.27 on Monday.
She could not digest the news as reality. In a state of frenzy, she ran to her boss’ office, and narrated what had just happened. Her boss, Naveen Natrajan, checked the lottery result on company’s website and confirmed the news.
Harikrishnan Nair began buying lottery tickets in March 2017. Nair said: “I bought my first ticket then and lost. Then bought the second ticket in November, and lost again. Finally, I bought this ticket in December. With God’s grace, we won.”
He was flooded with congratulatory messages and calls from friends and colleagues. But, the most memorable call was to his mother. “She didn’t understand the winning of millions part. She just wanted to know when I was coming to see her,” he said.
According to reports, Nair has not planned as to where he will spend the huge money he won in the lottery. He said: “Most important is to save for my retirement and my child’s schooling. The rest we will plan once we return from our trip.”
Nisha has her own priority of travelling and enjoying cuisines. She said: “We both love to travel and eat. So, we would like to do that and try new cuisines.”
Their seven-year-old son, Karan said: “I’ll buy food and toys. For my mum, I’ll buy shoes and for my dad, a [car].”
There were four more Indians on the winners list. Minor Harkeerat Kaur won AED 90,000 and secured third prize, Rajesh Kumar Sharma won the foruth spot worth AED 80,000. Abhilash Sasi and Anil Thalakkale Veettil won 5th and 6th spot winning AED 70,000 and AED 80,000 respectively.
Tickets to the Big Ticket Abu Dhabi are available online or at Abu Dhabi international airport, Al-Ain Duty Free of City Terminal Abu Dhabi. Ticket costs AED 500 and anyone buying two tickets has to pay for one under buy-one-get-one-free scheme.
Nair family is planning to travel to India on Friday.