Raffle draw winner to share the winnings with Pakistani partner

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By admin September 11, 2017 14:50

Raffle draw winner to share the winnings with Pakistani partner

The Big Ticket Abu Dhabi event organisers on Thursday tried contacting the winner of the Duty-Free Big Ticket raffle, Manekudy Varkey Mathew, to congratulate him on scooping Dh7,000,000. However, his phone was not reachable. Now finally, Mathew is found at his native place in Kochi in South India.

Mathew said, “My phone fell in the water, and I couldn’t use it. Big Ticket organisers contacted me today (Sunday).” The 58-year-old Mathew works in Al Ain Distribution Company. Mathew told that he has been trying his luck with Big Ticket since its launch. The Big Ticket raffle draw was first introduced at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Mathew won the giant prize through a ticket bought on August 24 from the airport. The lucky winner has six months to claim the winning prize. After six months deadline, the windfall goes to charity. Mathew says the windfall is a big return on his investment for all these years. He will split the prize with two of his partners as they had also paid the half of the ticket’s price. “I will share half of it (Dh3.5 million) with other two – an Indian and another from Pakistan,” he said.

Furthermore, Mathew has no such prior plans as he never plans anything. He says that if planning had worked, he would have never won this jackpot. Mathew was supposed to return to India two months back, but it got delayed. He said, “Everything is planned by him (God). This was destined to happen. This is God’s gift. I plan to return to India by year-end.”

Above all, he will discuss with his family on how to make the best use of this windfall. His son is going to the US for higher studies and daughter is a special child. His wife, Chinnamma Mathew works at a hospital in Al Ain. Mathew will be back in Al Ain on September 17.

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By admin September 11, 2017 14:50
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