Twice lucky: Dubai crash-land­ing sur­vivor wins $1-mn lot­tery

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Press Trust of In­dia ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A 62-year-old In­dian, who was on board the Emi­rates plane that crash­landed in Dubai, might be the luck­i­est man alive as he has won a mil­lion dol­lars in lot­tery, just six days af­ter mirac­u­lously sur­viv­ing the ac­ci­dent.

Mo­ham­mad Basheer Ab­dul Khadar, from Ker­ala, was among the 300 peo­ple on board the Emi­rates flight EK521 which crash-landed and burst into flames at the Dubai air­port last Wed­nes­day.

The Dubai ex­pa­tri­ate struck gold on Tues­day when his lucky ticket num­ber 0845 was drawn in the Dubai Duty Free Mil­len­nium Mil­lion­aire at Con­course A at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port, win­ning him USD1 mil­lion, Gulf News re­ported.

Khadar had pur­chased the ticket on Eid on his way for a va­ca­tion with his fam­ily in Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram.

A fleet ad­min­is­tra­tor with a car dealer group in Dubai, Khadar had made it a habit to pur­chase a raf­fle ticket when­ever he trav­elled to his home coun­try.

Khadar be­came a mil­lion­aire af­ter pur­chas­ing his 17th ticket, just four months be­fore he was due to re­tire in De­cem­ber, he told the daily.

“I have been work­ing in Dubai for 37 years, and I have al­ways felt like this is my Mo­hamed Basheer, a fleet sales co­or­di­na­tor at Al Tayer Mo­tors, sur­vived the Aug 3 crash-land­ing of an Emi­rates air­liner in Dubai and won the $1-mil­lion lot­tery a week later.

coun­try. I live a sim­ple life, and now that it’s my time to re­tire, I feel like God gave me a sec­ond life when I sur­vived the plane crash, and blessed me with this money to fol­low all this up by do­ing good things,” Khadar said.

Khadar said he plans to re­turn to In­dia af­ter his re­tire­ment to find a job that in­volves help­ing peo­ple in need. He wants to help chil­dren in Ker­ala who are in need of fi­nan­cial help and med­i­cal support.

“I am blessed to have fi­nally won with Dubai Duty Free and can’t wait to share the news with my fam­ily. If you ask me about my plans, I ob­vi­ously want to help the chil­dren in Ker­ala who are less for­tu­nate than oth­ers and need some fi­nan­cial help and med­i­cal support,” he said.

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