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Mahzooz winner Reece hails from the town of Luton in southern England.

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British expat in Dubai wins Dh10 million, a year after he wins Dh1,000 and Filipino colleague wins million in Mahzooz

A 26-year-old British expat is now Dh10 million richer after winning the jackpot in Mahzooz, just a year after he won Dh1,000 in the same draw that also saw his Filipino colleague win Dh1 million.

“In July last year I won Dh1,000 which felt great. More incredibly, someone at work won a million [dirhams]… that’s why I continued to play. It was my motivation,” Reece told Expatmedia.net in an interview on Friday (July 15). He is the youngest  grand prize winner in the Mahzooz draw so far. Watch the video here:

Reece, who has worked as a gym manager in Dubai in the last four years, matched all the five winning numbers to get the Dh10 million prize in last Saturday’s draw. His winning numbers are 16, 18, 37, 38 and 40.

Reece, who hails from the southeast England town of Luton, said he has been participating in Mahzooz every week in the last two years after moving to Dubai four years ago.

How did he chance upon his winning numbers? “It’s a funny story,” said the newlywed, who tied the knot in a “low-key” ceremony on Thursday.

“I normally do two lines. I pick the first line myself, and then I let my wife choose the random line. So I press the randomizer until she tells me to stop. Obviously it stopped at the numbers. But [the numbers were] matching up in the second line and first line and I don’t like to have matching numbers so I changed 15 to 16. Number 16 changed my life,” Reece told Expatmedia.net.

He said the minute he saw the email confirmation and checked his Mahzooz account on his mobile phone late at night, he “sat there frozen for a few minutes”. Then he ran to his wife and was still in shock and “freaking out” that he just simply handed her the phone. “She started crying,” he said.

Reece is the 25th millionaire in Mahzooz, and the 8th winner of the top tier prize in the last 84 draws since Mahzooz (then Emirates Loto) launched in 2020.

How does the Briton plan on spending the Dh10 million? Reece said he wants to invest in a home in Dubai for himself and his wife. He also wants to buy her a new car.

He’s not quitting his day job, he assured. “I love my life here,” he said. Reece said his windfall will “set us up for life”. The couple is planning a bigger wedding ceremony next year. ICA/Expat Media


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