He earns Dh1,500, and had contributed Dh25 towards buying the ticket.
The winner of the Dh15 million Big Ticket Abu Dhabi raffle series 209 has finally been found.
Sreenu Sreedharan Nair lives in the UAE and not India, as was believed earlier.
There was a lot of confusion yesterday after the announcement as the persons whose phone numbers were provided on the ticket failed to show any familiarity with the name of winner or awareness about the Big Ticket draw and Richard, who conducts the draw.
Nair, all of 28 years, works at a private company in Dubai. He will be sharing the prize money with 21 others who paid for the ticket.
“This is unbelievable. I and my friends, who are partners, still don’t believe we are winners. This will take some time to sink in. We all, barring two people, have put Dh25. We have been buying tickets for over a year now.”
Talking about the wild goose chase to find the winner, Nair said: “I wasn’t aware about the announcement. We have some partners in India and hence their numbers were kept. They must be confused (with Richard’s voice). Thankfully all is fine at the end. I came to know when others friends came to congratulate me at night.”
However, life continues as usual for Nair and his friends.
“We are all workers. We earn in range of Dh1,500 or so. I am here for few years now. I hope to finish my pending construction work of my home. I have few loans to settle. My sister is married. My parents are keeping well. This jackpot has come at right time for all of us.”
When Richard rang up on the first number, the person replied that he didn’t know anyone by the name Sreenu.
“No, this is not Sreenu but Sanish Kumar. I don’t know Sreenu. I don’t know Richard. This is wrong number.”
Richard tried the second mobile number, the reply was blunt: “What’s your problem? Please call me after half-an-hour please.”
Big Ticket organisers then went back to their office to find solution. “We will check who the actual winner is. We think the second number is of the winner’s friend. We doubt but will have to verify in some way.”
And finally the organisers finally got through to the actual winners today.
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