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Firstly I will make a priority check-list. I will ensure that I use the money in the right way. I want to save some for my children’s education. Next, we want to buy a house. Then, if there is any money left, I will try to put it towards a car/shopping/ savings/etc. Seema Ismail Oh, the wish list is long! I’d put half of it away in the bank and splurge with the rest. I strongly believe that charity begins at home and I’d use the amount to show myself some love! (Sorry, not sorry!) Fancy vacations, a car, a bigger house maybe? Alifiya Sehrawala First I’ll pay all my debts of about Dh100,000, and from the remaining amount I’ll pay the debts of those who are in prison because of debt. I’ll try to release at least three or four people from prison. Sarfaraz Funti My first reaction would be ‘Woohoo! Finally, I won, after so many years’. I would definitely fulfil my dream of buying a car. Komal Panjwani @Friday_Magazine @DSFsocial I would have lunch with [Indian] PM Modiji. I definitely want to thank him for making Indians proud of themselves. Hema The first thing is to go back home to Pune, India! Frankly, my family has never lived beyond our means. I guess we would love to keep working, earning and enjoying. But, yes, when it comes to money, the natural first instinct is to fulfil a want or dream. With this amount of money, I would have it all, not just for us but for what we would love to do for others as well. I would like to have a home that’s a little bigger, put aside some money for First of all, I would like to use a part of it to buy clothes and other necessary items for those in worker’s accommodation. All their hard labour can go unnoticed… I would like to bring a smile to their faces with this small gesture. Secondly, I would like to [sponsor] a child’s education, especially families who cannot afford these costs. Thirdly, I would like to send my parents and in-laws to a retreat. Namrata Daga Since 2004, myself and office colleagues are trying our luck with it. More than what we will do with the winning amount, a win will bring much happiness to our group and unite us forever. First of all, we will keep a certain amount for charity, then a fund for buying tickets in the future, and of course to fulfil our long-time wishes. Rashid N Aboobacker my children and [travel]. Once that is done, I would really love to do something for old people, such as have a home for them, especially for the ones that are poor. The last journey of these people needs to be painless and happy… I would invest to set up an organisation for young girls who are victims of molestation or abuse and rape. Sophiya R Vednesan Being a cricketer playing in UAE for the past nine years, I would use the money to improve the stature of cricket here. Since there are few international-level grounds for budding cricketers, I would use the money to build a cricket field. I would also love to start a cricket academy so I could get the best of UAE talent playing for the country in the future. Safwan Khan As an overseas Filipino worker [OFW], I would use the winnings to support my family to acquire property in the Philippines, where I can build a residential apartment for a fixed monthly income. I would make it the start of a new life after working as an OFW. Ma Teresa Edpan