Ryan Valdeiro bought his winning ticket number 0274 online, on October 27.
The 46-year-old expat has been living in Dubai for 20 years. He started participating in the DDF promotion only a couple of months back and couldn’t believe it when he got a call from the authorities informing him of his win, Khaleej Times reported.
“Your call will really change our life. Thank you so much Dubai Duty Free, I’ll be forever grateful for this win,” said the father of two, who works as a financial manager for Neuman & Esser Gulf FZE.
When asked on what he plans to do with his win, he said, “I will help some people in need, my family in India and secure the future of my two beautiful kids.”
Valdeiro is the185th Indian to have won USD 1 million since the start of the Millennium Millionaire promotion in 1999.
The draw was conducted by Dubai Duty Free's Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin, COO Ramesh Cidambi, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President - Corporate Services, Sinead El Sibai, SVP – Marketing, Mona Al Ali, SVP – HR and Zayed Al Shebli, SVP – Loss Prevention and Corporate Security.