At the Big Ticket draw on June 3, 2019 at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
PHOTO BY JONATHAN YBERA/EXPAT MEDIA
DUBAI – “Philippines!” “India!” “Pakistan!” “Bangladesh!” Excited shrieks came from many in the crowd of hundreds who gathered at outside the arrivals area of the Abu Dhabi International Airport on the eve of Eid Al Fitr earlier this week for the Big Ticket grand draw.
The Big Ticket is one of two of the UAE’s biggest raffle draws. The other one is Dubai Duty Free’s Millennium Millionaire. In Abu Dhabi on Monday (June 3), Expat Media was invited to witness the “bigger and better” event that is known as the oldest raffle draw in the UAE. We noticed three new things: The draw was held outdoors for the first time since Big Ticket was launched in 1992 with a cash prize of Dh1 million. This time, a top prize of Dh10 million was up for grabs.
There was also, not one, but three hosts on stage. They all wore the same blazing red outfit for the occasion: tuxedos, vests, bowties and shoes that even Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz is going to envy. They also happily let the crowd join in on the fun, letting members of the audience pick the winners!
There were ten cash prizes given away, and bonus prizes that included roundtrip airline tickets, a mobile phone, a piece of gold, and cash of Dh10,000 that went to one lucky person in the audience. The hosts said that the bonus prizes are going to be a monthly feature from now on. You don’t even need to buy a ticket. All you need to do is show up at the draw and stay until the very end of the program.
With thousands of entries to the UAE’s raffle draws each month, we are convinced that residents do love them. And who wouldn’t love them when the top prize is in the multi-millions?
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