A Kenyan national was on Tuesday announced as the winner of the coveted $1 million Dubai Duty Free raffle.
44-year-old Paul Wachira from Nairobi became the first ever Kenyan to join the list of Dubai Duty Free’s dollar millionaires after his ticket number 2162 in Series 302 was drawn.
However, when the media in Dubai reached out to the organisers to speak to Mr Wachira, they said they had not been able to reach him.
But after several failed calls and follow-up emails, the new dollar millionaire finally responded, accepting his win.
According to Gulf News, an email and a reminder email finally caught the attention of Mr Wachira, who had no clue he was a winner until when he opened his mailbox.
The winner said he purchased his winning ticket online on May 22. He told Gulf News he is a regular participant of the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise and Millennium Millionaire promotions.
”Thank you Dubai Duty-Free for this blessing. I am happy to win US$1 million dollars.”
Other winners included: Dubai expat Ramlal Sargara who won a Bentley Bentayga V8 (Dark Sapphire) in Series no. 1722 with winning ticket number 0598; Wrya Rahimi, also a Dubai expat, won a Range Rover HSE 340 HP (Fuji White) in Series no. 1723 with ticket number 0172; and Sandun Sameera, a Dubai resident who won an Indian Scout Bobber (Thunder Black Smoke) motorbike with ticket number 0841 in Series no. 369.