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Indian man wins $2 mn in UAE Big Ticket raffle draw

Nair said he had always wanted to travel the world with his family and the time for it has come

Press Trust of India  |  Dubai 

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An Indian man in the has hit a by winning a whopping dhirham 12 million ($3.2 million) in the biggest-ever prize money in

Harikrishnan V Nair, 42, who works as a for a firm in and has been living in the with his family since 2002, won the huge amount on Sunday in 'Big Ticket' draw.

"I still cannot believe it. Is it me? Is it really me?" an excited Nair, who is from Kerala, told

He said he had bought the tickets twice before, but had never won.

Nair said he had always wanted to travel the world with his family and the time for it has come.

"I think 2018 is the year for that. I will plan a world tour soon," said Nair, father of a seven-year old son.

"I would like to plan for my son's education and buy another house in I want to take good care of my mother and my wife's mother too, who are in India," he said.

Charity is also on top of Nair's agenda.

"I have always wanted to help people in need, and by God's grace I can do it now. That is something I will really do," he said.

His wife, a logistics support staff, said she could not believe the news.

"I was dump-founded when I got the call from my husband. First I thought he was playing the same prank I had planned on him," she said.

"Now that he has won the jackpot, I will let him figure out what he wants to do with it. He is after all a and would know better how to manage his funds," she said.

Eight Indians were among 10 people who had won dhirham 1 million each in a mega draw in in October last year.

In August, an Indian man had won dhirham 5 million ($1.3 million) in the draw in the

First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 17:29 IST