Expat bags $1 million after 30 years in Dubai

Dubai resident bought lucky ticket just before he left for his annual vacation

Expat bags $1 million after 30 years in Dubai

Dubai: An expatriate who has been living in Dubai for three decades has finally struck gold.

Kaplenghat Velu Venugopalan, 54, is the latest winner of $1 million (Dh3.6 million) at the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw, it was announced on Tuesday.

He bought the lucky ticket, the third he has bought so far, just before he boarded his flight for Kerala, India recently.

The Indian expat is a father of two girls, aged 20 and 16, and works as a company driver in Dubai.

He was going about his daily routine on Tuesday morning when raffle draw organisers gave him a call.  Venugopalan was so overwhelmed with happiness that he could not help but cry.

With his new-found wealth, he said it may be time to leave the UAE, which has been his second home for the last 30 years. More info

Cleofe Maceda, Senior Web Reporte