Indian expat hits Dh10-million jackpot in Abu Dhabi

Indian expat hits Dh10-million jackpot in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: She thought it was a prank at first, but the Indian mother of two soon realised that what was happening was very real, and that she had just won Dh10 million.

Nishita Radhakrishna Pillai, a doctor who is currently completing her fellowship in Houston, USA, was sleeping when she was announced the winner of the Big Ticket raffle draw in Abu Dhabi. It was her father’s repeated calls that eventually woke her up to the big news.

“I could not believe it at first, I though it must be a prank call or some joke, and it wasn’t until I saw my name on the website that I finally realised that it was not a prank and that I had won Dh10 million,” said a very happy Pillai.

“It was my father’s phone calls that woke me up, it was his number that we put on the raffle tickets which is why they called him. At first when I saw the phone calls, I panicked because it was in the middle of the night and I thought something must have been wrong, but then I got a very nice surprise,” she added.

Pillai said that it was her husband who had bought the winning raffle ticket, and that she was not even aware that the raffle draw winners were being announced on Wednesday.

For the past six months, her husband has been buying tickets online under her name and so far, 50 tickets have been purchased.

“The ticket was actually purchased online by my husband, he’s the one who is always buying the tickets and putting my name on them.

“We used to live in Dubai for almost two years, and whenever we used to go to the airport, we would always buy raffle tickets, and so this time it worked out great for us,” she added.

Now a multimillionaire overnight, Pillai said she and her husband would keep to their daily lives, and would not look to drastically change their lifestyles.

“It’s a lot to take in and you definitely have to keep yourself grounded. It’s very exciting and nice to win it, of course, but I am going to keep doing what I am doing which is to finish my fellowship and get a job.

“I personally like to keep things low key … and I am not going to get overexcited and change my whole lifestyle.

“My husband and I haven’t had a lot of time to plan things yet, obviously, but the money can be a good backup for us, a nice investment for our children,” she added.