Two Indian expatriates Prasanna Kumar Pravin and Sudheer Kabeer are among those seven winners to each take home AED 77,777 in the latest Emirates Draw.
For Pravin, who selected the numbers at random, the win is extra special. The 44-year-old Indian from Kerala, sales manager at an interior fit-out company, will be celebrating his 14th wedding anniversary later this month, and this windfall has certainly added to the couple’s joy.
Pravin, who is a regular participant at raffle draws, said: “I couldn’t believe that I won. It only hit me when the amount was credited to my account! I feel like I am on top of the world. My wife is a teacher here in the UAE and is also pursuing her Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) studies. I’ll be using a portion of the money to help her complete her qualification and will also send money back home to my parents.”
Sudheer Kabeer, a 43-year-old father of two who works as a driver, the winning digits were recommended by his friend with whom he plans to share his prize money.
“This win is a big blessing for me. I will now be able to resolve my financial situation, and the rest of the money will be kept aside for my family. I participate every week and when I heard I had won, it was unbelievable.”