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40-member group of mostly Indians wins 10 million dirham lottery in UAE

According to a media report on Monday, a 40-member group comprising 38 Indians working in a Qatar-based hypermarket chain has won 10 million dirhams (USD 2.72 million) in a lucky draw in the UAE.

According to the Khaleej Times report, the winning ticket was bought in the name of Indian expat Naheel Nizamuddin in Abu Dhabi’s Big Ticket lottery.

Nizamuddin, who hails from Kerala, could not reach since Sunday evening and lottery organizers had to contact his parents in India to inform him about the mega prize.

In the lottery application, he had given his Indian number which was not active. However, he had also given an alternate number of his parents, from which the organizers contacted him.

The prize will be shared by another 39 winners, of whom 37 are Indians (all from Kerala) and the other two are from Bangladesh. All of them are employees of Qatar-based hypermarket chain Al Suwaid Group.

The news of victory has not come out yet. “We usually get a lot of spam calls. I still can’t believe we have won,” Naheel told the newspaper.

“We are all from middle class families and have economic problems. Therefore, the future of 40 families is secured with this jackpot,” said one of the winners and roommate of Nizamdin, Shenoy Othayoth Kizhak.

Shenoy said that this is the first time that 40 people have bought tickets.

“Usually, there are 10 to 15 people who buy tickets. Since we were not winning for the last few years, we increased our group to 40… never know who is lucky,” Shenoy said over the phone.

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