Diwali celebration came early for 56-year-old Indian businessman Kamalasanan Nadar Vasu, who won $1 million in the Dubai Duty Free (DDF) Millennium Millionaire series 314 draw on Tuesday.
Speaking to Khaleej Times, Kamalasanan, a Dubai resident for 33 years and owner of a steel fabrication company, said the timing of the winning was perfect as he will now be able to clear his debts to his suppliers.
“I feel very blessed and lucky. I have been living in Dubai for a long time but I had accrued a massive debt after my business went down in January 2018. But now, I will have the money to settle my debts and the rest will be saved for future,” he said.
He will be splitting the prize money with a friend. He has been a regular client of the DDF draw for eight years and he purchased his winning ticket last month when he travelled home to Kerala.
He also said that all good things in his life happened in September. “I bought a winning ticket number in September 2019; I put up my own business in September 2003; I got married in September 1994; I came to Dubai in September 1986 and I received my degree in engineering in September 1984,” Kamalasanan shared with glee.
This weekend, he will go home to Kerala to celebrate Diwali. He will be accompanied by his eldest daughter, who is preparing for her wedding next year.
Meanwhile, Khussain Yeremeshev, a Kazakhstan national, also won $1 million in series 313 draw with his ticket number 3614. Yeremeshev, who bought his winning ticket online, is unreachable at the Press time. He became the second Kazakhstan national to win the promotion since its inception in 1999.
The DDF draw was part of Dubai Airport’s celebration of Diwali.