A Nepali man, working abroad as a car cleaner in Dubai has become the 28th millionaire in the 94th draw of Mahzooz and won Dhs10 million (approx 35 crores Nepali rupee).
Bharat, 31, from Gulmi, bought the winning ticket with his two friends and pledged to share the prize money.
He said he aims to spend the winnings on his family and surgery for his brother who was paralysed after a brain tumour.
The 94th grand draw was won after matching the five winning numbers: 16, 27, 31, 37 and 42. Bharat claimed that 27 and 16 were his lucky numbers, the first being his birthday and the second his wedding date. In Nepal, he lives with his wife and two children, ages three and five.
He is one of the lowest-paid winners, gaining only Dh1,300 (40000 Nepali rupees) per month, and will take a vacation before visiting his family in Nepal.
Bharat, who worked in a Saudi power plant before moving to Dubai three years ago, said he was unlikely to quit his vehicle washing job after winning the lottery.
“I want to keep working,” he said.
“I have been participating in Mahzooz since it started, at first it was with a group of friends as we didn’t have much money. Now I entered with two friends. I told my family that I had won, but I have not told them how much. I have taken part in other draws, but thought Mahzooz was more credible so I’ve continued to play. To win is amazing, but I always had confidence that one day it would happen,” he added.
So far, more than 3,200 lucky Nepalese participants have been among Mahzooz winners, 28 of whom have landed the first and second prizes
The competition is expanding its reach. Each week, between 10 per cent and 15 per cent of draw participants are from outside the UAE.