An impulsive decision reportedly helped a Dubai-based Indian expatriate win AED 1 million in the 44th weekly Mahzooz draw.
Mir, originally from the south Indian city of Hyderabad, bagged the second-tier prize after matching five of the six winning numbers (9, 11, 21, 31, 32, 34) to become Mahzooz’s 15th millionaire this year. Another 167 winners got AED 1,000 each, while AED 35 went to 3,277 participants for a total prize money of AED 1,281,695, according to media reports.
Mir said, “Five hours before the live draw [on September 25], I had the impulse to enter the draw. My wife, who is also an active participant, had won AED 1,000 just two weeks ago. So, I thought I could also win. However, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I’d win a life-changing amount of a million dirhams. I was at work the following day when I received a call, informing me that I had won AED 1 million. I thought it was a prank by some radio station!”
Mir plans to use his winnings to sponsor the education of some underprivileged students in India after setting aside a portion of the prize money for savings.
Mir moved to Dubai from Hyderabad 12 years ago to pursue higher education, but decided to discontinue with his academic pursuit after landing a lucrative job here.
Mir added he and his wife regularly participate in the draw because of its humanitarian aspect. “Mahzooz donates bottles of water when we participate in the draw and this allows me to help others while standing a chance to make my dreams come true.” He had this advise for the other participants: “Keep participating. I’m an example of someone who participated in the nick of time and won! Miracles do happen.”