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Abu Dhabi: 4 Indian expats win Dh100,000 in Big Ticket weekly e-draw – News


Sharjah resident gets lucky again and plans to invest in his daughter’s higher education

From left to right: Mujeeb Pakyara, Firose Kunjumon and Mohammad Azharul. — Photos supplied

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 5:16 p.m.

Last update: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 5:26 p.m.

Four Indian expats residing in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman won Dh100,000 each during Big Ticket Abu Dhabi’s weekly e-draw. While three winners hail from the southern Indian state of Kerala, one individual is from the western city of Mumbai.

Ajay Vijayan is 41 years old and the father of two children, ages 11 and 3. He lives in Dubai since he moved to the UAE in 2008 and works in the IT department. Ajay has been buying Big Ticket for the last eight years with his three friends.

“For us it became a ritual to buy Big Ticket. I didn’t expect to win the electronic drawing prize. After receiving the winning call, I called my parents and wife who are in India to tell them the news. Everyone was happy. I don’t have a specific plan yet, but I will use this money to invest in my children’s future,” Vijayan said.

The second person who got lucky is Mujeeb Pakyara. The 33-year-old works as a waiter in a cafe and lives in Sharjah. He has been buying Big Ticket for two years along with seven of his roommates. When he received the winning call, he was surprised.

“I cant believe it yet. I’m so happy. This award came at the right time. My wife is pregnant and she is in the hospital. I believe this is the fate of my unborn child, who will soon come into this life. I will share my prize with my roommates and use my share to pay off my loan,” Pakyara said.

Meanwhile, Firose Kunjumon is a 40-year-old man, father of three children aged 1, 7 and 5. He lives in Ajman, where he works as a driver. He has been buying Big Ticket for the last 10 years without missing a month. Kunjumon shares his prize with 20 of his friends.

“I will share my prize with my friends and send my share in cash to India. We will continue to buy Big Ticket and one day we will win the grand prize,” Kunjumon hoped.

The lifelong customer wins again

Mohammad Azharul, the only non-Malayali among the winners of the weekly draw, hails from Mumbai and lives in Sharjah. This 54-year-old project manager has been a loyal Big Ticket customer since 2009. He is the only winner of Dh100,000 and takes home a cash prize for the second time.

“I am very happy and lucky. This is the second time I’ve won with Big Ticket. In 2017 I earned Dh40,000 and this time I earned Dh100,000. And one day I will win the grand prize,” he stated.

When asked about his plans, he said: “I will invest in my daughter’s higher education. She is studying computer science and I was planning to get a loan to pay for her education. But now, after winning, I don’t need it.”

where to buy tickets

People who purchase raffle tickets will automatically be entered into one of the weekly electronic draws where four winners will walk away with Dh100,000 each week. Anyone who purchases tickets during the promotion dates will have a chance to win the grand prize of Dh15 million on October 3. People can purchase tickets online at or by visiting store counters at Abu Dhabi International Airport and Al Ain. International Airport and if you buy two tickets, you will receive two free.


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