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Indian survivor of Emirates crash wins lottery worth Dh3.67 million

DUBAI: A Dubai-based Indian man is one of the luckiest man in the world as he won Dh3.67 million lottery jackpot, just days after surviving the emirates plane crash.

62-year-old Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar was on board Emirates flight EK521 en route from southern India when it skidded on the runway of Dubai International Airport and burst into flames. Khadar’s winning number in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire was drawn on August 9 at Dubai International Airport.

The car dealer regularly purchases a ticket for the lottery when he returns to his home country of India. He bought the ticket at Dubai airport on his way to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, the 17th time he had entered the Millennium Millionaire contest.

According to Standard UK, Khadar, who is four months away from retirement, has now vowed to hand the money out to the poor in Kerala.

He told Gulf News: “I value the escape as a more precious gift from God and I knew God saved me for some specific purpose. Probably this is it.”

“I obviously want to help the children in Kerala who are less fortunate than others and need some financial help and medical support,” he added.

“I don’t want to give it to a charity or build a business, I want to go out and find people who really need help and give them money.
“I was poor, and I know what poor people go through.”

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