Pakistani Expat in the UAE Wins AED 20 Million Big Ticket Abu Dhabi Raffle Draw

Pakistani Expat in the UAE Wins AED 20 Million Big Ticket Abu Dhabi Raffle Draw

Pakistani expat Mohammad Shahzad Hassan, who lives in Sharjah, won the biggest cash prize in the latest monthly raffle draw. See more below.

Muhammad Shahzad Hassan, a Pakistani national and resident of Sharjah, UAE, has been declared the lucky winner of January 2020’s Big Ticket Abu Dhabi Raffle Draw. The announcement was made on Friday, 3rd January 2020, on Big Ticket’s livestream. According to news reports, Muhammad could not believe the news when Richard of Big Ticket Abu Dhabi called him. The expat initially dismissed it as a prank call and asked for proof. He had bought the ticket, #629524, on 31st December, the last day to enter this month’s draw. The cash prize of AED 20 million, which will be given to Muhammad, is the largest in the history of this competition, which is held at the Abu Dhabi International Airport every month.

It is the UAE’s largest and longest running monthly raffle draw. A single raffle ticket for the Big Ticket Draw costs AED 500. UAE residents as well as people from outside the country can purchase the ticket online on or when passing through the UAE capital's airport. Friends and colleagues often pool in money to buy one or more tickets to enter the draw.

The special edition of this competition this month will also reward several other participants with smaller cash prizes, ranging from AED 10,000 to AED 100,000. In December 2019, a 33-year-old Filipino nurse from Abu Dhabi, Anabelle Manalastas Dela Cruz, won AED 12 million in the Big Ticket draw. Next month, participants will again have the chance to win AED 12 million on 3rd February. Big Ticket also has competitions running for winning luxury cars. Meanwhile, UAE residents and visitors also have more opportunities to win cash, gold, cars and other big prizes during the 25th Dubai Shopping Festival, currently taking place in Dubai until 1st February 2020.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.