Kerala driver in Dubai wins Rs 21 crore in raffle

Kerala driver in Dubai wins Rs 21 crore in raffle

New Delhi: An Indian driver from Kerala in Dubai was in for a surprise of his life when he got a call from his friends that he had won dirham 12 million in a raffle draw in Abu Dhabi (about Rs 21 crore). He initially thought that his friends were making fool of him for the April 1 (April Fool Day) that had just passed by.

John Varughese, who has been working as a driver for a private company since 2016, when he came to Dubai from Kerala, won the huge amount at the Big Ticket raffle held the Abu Dhabi International Airport 2.

“I couldn’t believe that I could get lucky. April Fool’s Day had just passed by and I thought it was some friend pulling my leg. I also had doubts if this was a fake call,” Varughese said.

He told Khaleej Times that even though it was confirmed on April 3, but he still took a while before calling his family back in Kerala about the good news.

Varughese said he wished to share the prize money with four of his friends, but first he wanted to switch from a basic phone to a smartphone.

He plans to invest the money in future of his family comprising his wife and two kids. “There is no better way to make use of this money than to invest in education,” he said.

A philanthropist that Varughese is, he said, he would set aside a portion of the money to help the needy, as he hasn’t forgotten his past.

Earlier in January, another Keralite in the UAE had won a dirham 12 million in the biggest-ever raffle prize money in Abu Dhabi.