Big Ticket winner Shojith K. S.
PHOTO BY EXPAT MEDIA
DUBAI – An Indian man who won Dh15 million in the Big Ticket jackpot last month revealed his game plan to winning the oldest raffle draw in the UAE.
In an exclusive interview with Expatmedia.net, Shojith K. S. said he had always hoped that one day he would win the grand prize.
The 39-year-old sales executive from Sharjah said that he started buying entries to the Big Ticket in 2017, splitting the cost with a group of friends and colleagues.
“We have spent a total of around Dh15,000 on tickets,” he said, adding that his group has pooled money to buy a total of 30 tickets in the last two years. Each ticket to the monthly draw costs Dh500.
Shojith said he buys his Big Ticket entries online. He has never joined any other raffle draw, choosing to concentrate on the draw in Abu Dhabi.
Does he have a secret formula to picking a lucky number? “No secret. The numbers I pick are just random,” he said.
His persistence finally paid off last month when his ticket was picked in the Dh15 million draw. He will be sharing the cash prize with 11 people.
Shojith said he will use some of the money to buy gifts for his wife and their 12-year-old son, who are staying with him in Sharjah.
He will also be investing the money in his restaurant chain in Sharjah, the Sham Al Majaz, which serves Filipino food. He is opening another one in Ras Al Khaimah.
“Winning the Big Ticket really gave me hope,” he said, adding that it will help him quickly realize his dream of becoming a full-time businessman. He arrived in the UAE in 2012 to set up his own business.
“I plan to make my restaurant big,” he said.
Passing on his luck, Shojith picked the grand prize winner of the Dh10 million Big Ticket draw at the Abu Dhabi International Airport on Monday (June 3). The grand prize went to another Indian man who also lives in Sharjah.
Meanwhile, Shojith said he will “keep on buying” more tickets to the draw. His advice to those wishing to win? “Buy the ticket and then forget about it,” he said.
It also pays to keep a clean heart to attract good karma, he adds. “Keep praying and don’t hurt anyone. Always have hope and trust in yourself.” PIA/Expat Media
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