A Filipina nurse working in a government hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates became a millionaire overnight after she won in a raffle draw.
Anabelle Manalastas won Dh12 million (around P167,000,000) in Big Ticket Abu Dhabi draw that was streamed live on social media. The Abu Dhabi Big Ticket raffle is the largest and longest-running raffle draw for cash prizes and dream luxury cars in the UAE.
Manalastas and her friends shared money to buy ticket no. 283702 which was picked from thousands of tickets raffled off for grand prize. They have been doing this for the past four years.
“I usually don’t use phone when I am working. Also I had seen that the winners are usually hard to contact. So I also tried to ignore my phone. And then Alhamdullilah my phone rang. It was Richard. I heard the cheer of the crowd. And I knew I was the big winner,” Anabelle said, in an interview over Filipino Times.
The Pinay who started working in UAE in 2011, said that she would share the Big Ticket jackpot win with her friends.
Five consolation money prizes (Dh50k, Dh70k, Dh80k, Dh90k, Dh100k) were won by Indians, while one winner hailed from Sri Lanka and won Dh60,000.
There are also winners chosen at random from the attendees of the event in Abu Dhabi for smaller prizes including flight tickets, mobile phones etc.
Dh20 million coming up
The next Big Ticket draw, to be held on January 3, gives away its biggest grand prize ever at Dh20 million – one of the biggest in the region. These tickets can be purchased online or at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain Duty Free and City Terminal Abu Dhabi.