After escaping death, Dubai expatriate, Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar, won 1 million dollars jackpot.
Abdul Khadar, who was on board the Emirates flight (EK521) which crash-landed at the airport on August 3, 2016, struck gold on Tuesday, 9th August 2016.
Coincidentally, his lucky ticket number 0845 was drawn in the Dubai Duty-Free Millennium Millionaire at Concourse, a at Dubai International Airport, winning him a cool $1 million (Dh3.67 million).
The 62-year-old grandfather of Indian decent had purchased the ticket on Eid on his way for a vacation with his family in Thiruvananthapuram in the south Indian state of Kerala. Abdul Khadar, is also a fleet administrator with a car dealer group in Dubai and has a habit purchasing a raffle ticket whenever he traveled to his home country.
Khadar became a millionaire after purchasing his 17th ticket, just four months before he was due to retire in December, he told Gulf News in an interview.
“I have been working in Dubai for 37 years, and I have always felt like this is my country. I live a simple life, and now that it’s my time to retire, I feel like God gave me a second life when I survived the plane crash, and blessed me with this money to follow all this up by doing good things,” said Khadar.
“I value the escape as a more precious gift from God and I knew God saved me for some specific purpose. Probably this is it.”
“I am blessed to have finally won with Dubai Duty-Free and can’t wait to share the news with my family. If you ask me about my plans, I obviously want to help the children in Kerala who are less fortunate than others and need some financial help and medical support”.
“I don’t want to give it to a charity or build a business, I want to go out and find people who really need help and give them money. I was poor, and I know what people go through,” he said.
“I have a paralysed son who I had to spend a lot of money on his treatment. Some years back I had to take a loan of Rs1.8 million (Dh99,043) for a major surgery for him. I have managed to pay it back,” said Khadar.”
Khadar said he was thankful for his job that also helped him get his daughter married. “I will continue to work till I can. Nothing else can give you the satisfaction of your hard-earned money,” he added.