His lucky ticket number 0845 was drawn in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire at Concourse A at Dubai International Airport, winning him $1 million.
He had bought the ticket on Eid on his way to a vacation with his family in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Living in Dubai since 1978 he now wants to retire and find a job that involves helping people in need. He especially wants to help children in Kerala who are in need of financial help and medical support. He does not want to give money to charity or build a business, he wants to personally find people who need help and give them money.
In 2007, Sadanand Raghavan a mechanic in Sharjah, won Dh.5 million in a Mashreq Bank raffle. He ran an auto workshop in Sharjah.