Kerala Indian becomes Dubai's latest millionaire

The draw for Dubai Duty Free’s 176th Millennium Millionaire took place on Tuesday, where Biju Jose Chakkalakkal, an Indian national living in Dubai, won the prize of his lifetime, $1 million (Dh3.67 million).

The winning ticket no. 2086 was drawn by Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, along with George Horan, President, Salah Tahlak, Senior Vice President – Corporate Communications and Sinead El Sibai, Vice President – Marketing in the presence of passengers and staff in Concourse C, Dubai International Airport.

The lucky dollar millionaire is currently on a holiday in India, and was speechless when he heard the news of his newfound wealth.

Commenting on his stroke of luck, Chakkalakkal said: “I had a gut feeling that this day will come and finally I made it. My family has always encouraged me not to give up and now, thanks to Dubai Duty Free and lady luck, my perseverance has finally paid off.  I’m looking forward now to come back to Dubai to receive the much-awaited prize.”

The Millennium Millionaire Promotion was first introduced in 1999 and in its 15-year lifespan has resulted in 176 $1million cheques being presented to winners from all around the globe. Chakkalakkal is the 80th Indian national to win the raffle since the promotion was first introduced.