A Saudi national running a fast-food business in Bahrain pocketed Dh12 million in the Big Ticket raffle draw in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Ahmed Al Hamidi, who has been buying tickets for the past 4-5 years, is yet to believe that he has finally won. Talking over the phone from Manama, the 54-year-old new millionaire was full of beans. “I am still in shock. There are too many things I want to do now.”
Even as he sits to make a list of things to do with this windfall, there are two on top of the agenda: securing the future of his three daughters and doing more charity work.
“I am a Saudi national living in Bahrain. I have a small fast-food business. I have three girls. To tell you the truth, with this money, the thing I want to do is to ensure that my children are taken care of. Also, I will continue my charity work. I had been doing it always but now I can put an additional amount in it. Every year I give money to charity and help differently-abled children.”
In a difficult year, Al Hamidi is delighted to win an unexpected bonanza. The doting father’s immediate focus is the future of his three daughters aged 16, 21 and 22 years.
“One of them graduated last year and is working. One daughter is in a college in Sharjah and another one is finishing her high school in Saudi Arabia.”
Al Hamidi bought his lucky ticket number 051175 on September 2. He purchased the ticket alone and can decide on how to spend his Dh12 million. He knew about the draw date but wasn’t watching the live streaming when organisers called to inform him about the jackpot.
“It was a shock.”
And he has a message for all those who are trying their luck with raffle draw: “Don’t give up. It took me 4 to 5 years to win. I was buying 4 or 5 times a year. I buy tickets on my own. So, I will be spending it on my own. So, keep buying.”