Mariser Alibudbud Jarumayan (left) and Barry Dwyer (second from right).
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DUBAI – Two Filipina expatriates, an Irish teacher and a Pakistani national won Dh500,000 each in the recent Emirates Loto draw.
Mariser Alibudbud Jarumayan, 43, couldn’t believe her luck when she won a share of the Dh2 million second prize for matching 5 out of 6 numbers in last Saturday’s draw.
The Filipina supervisor for Danube Home said she will use the windfall to help her family. Jarumayan is a single mother raising three sons. The family breadwinner is also taking care of her three grandsons and her mother.
“Whenever I’ve read about others winning I have always told myself that I’m not a lucky one yet. I would like to thank God and my father in heaven, who gave this blessing which will help my family,” Jarumayan said.
Another Filipino winner is Jinkhie Solomon Gallarzan, 35, a senior technical administrator for a private firm who admits she has never won anything in her life.
“When I checked the winning number combinations my heart started pounding because I knew they were mine. Even though I regularly enter cash and raffle draws, I’ve never before won and I was in total shock and disbelief,” Gallarzan said.
The Filipina said she will spend her winnings on her son’s education and future.
“I will also invest in order to live the life we’ve dreamed about. I will also support some charities with good causes in Philippines,” she added.
The second prize doubled to Dh2 million after no one won in the previous draw. The prize is divided equally among the winners. The Dh50 million jackpot is still up for grabs.
Meanwhile, Barry Dwyer, a 28-year-old Irish teacher, said he was thrilled to take home Dh500,000.
Dwyer, who teaches chemistry in Abu Dhabi, is the first Irish national to win in Emirates Loto.
“I am absolutely thrilled but I feel very lucky, no one ever actually believes something like this can happen to them,” said Dwyer, who admits he doesn’t regularly buy raffle tickets.
“At first when I got the email to let me know that I’d won a prize I thought maybe it was a small, unnoticeable amount. When I logged in and saw all the zeros I was in total shock. I am still in shock now,” he added.
Dwyer said he will spend his winnings to treat his family, donate to charity and buy a house.
The fourth winner of the Emirates Loto draw on Saturday was a Pakistani citizen who requested to remain anonymous. ICA/Expat Media
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