Indian wins $1 million after buying Dubai Duty Free ticket with cash gift on wedding anniversary

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Payal (inset) is the 229th Indian to win the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw.

An Indian couple is now $1 million richer after the wife bought a winning Dubai Duty Free ticket using the cash gift that her husband gave her on their wedding anniversary.

Payal, 42, won the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw on Thursday (May 16) with ticket number 3337 that she bought online on May 3. She is the 229th Indian to win the monthly draw.

Payal told Khaleej Times that she and her husband buy Dubai Duty Free tickets each time they travel. Last April, she said that her husband gave her Dh1,000 on their 16th wedding anniversary and she used the money to buy a ticket “with the most number of 3s in it”.

The Indian housewife said her favourite number is 3. She has been buying tickets to the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draws at least once a year in the last 12 years.

She said that she almost couldn’t believe that she won the jackpot, adding that the “cash gift from husband made us a millionaire.”

The couple lives in Punjab with their 14-year-old twin boys. They plan on investing their winnings on their children’s education. ICA/Expat Media


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