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Indian, Japanese win $1m each in Dubai Duty Free raffle

It was an early birthday gift for 50-year-old Santosh Vijayan.

Two new millionaires were announced at the latest Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw held on Tuesday at Dubai International Airport.

The dream came true for Yasunobu Yamada, a 47-year-old Japanese national from Fukuoka, Japan, as his ticket number 2024 was drawn in Series 255. Yamada is the second Japanese to have won in Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion. Yamada, who works as a manager for JTB Kyushu, bought five tickets for Series 255 on his way to Germany for a business trip.

"It was my second trip Dubai and I couldn't be happier that my second visit has made me a millionaire! Thank you so much Dubai Duty Free for this wonderful news!"

Another lucky ticket holder, who will be claiming $1 million, is Santosh Vijayan, a 50-year-old Dubai-based Indian national, who won in Series 256 with ticket number 3826. Vijayan, a father of two, has been living in Dubai for 27 years and works as an operations manager in Abu Dhabi.

"I'll be turning 51 on November 11 and winning $1 million is the best early birthday gift anyone could ever wish for. Thank you Dubai Duty Free, you had made my day!"

When asked about his plans on his winnings, he said, "My children's education is the top priority while I might look for some good investments too."

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