Two Indian friends win Dh15-million jackpot in UAE

Winning the lottery together is a double joy for Sarath and Prasanth, who have been best friends for the last 10 years. They work in the same company and share the same room in Dubai.

The New Year has started with a blast for two friends and colleagues in Dubai who will share the Dh15 million Big Ticket lottery. 


Indian expats, named Sarath Purushothaman, 34, and Prasanth Surendran, 36, both from Kerala, India, will take Dh7.5 million each after winning the biggest-ever Big Ticket raffle prize.

The winning ticket no 083733 in Purushothaman's name was picked in the raffle draw held on Thursday morning at the Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Winning the lottery together is a twofold satisfaction for Sarath and Prasanth, who have been closest companions throughout the previous 10 years. They work in a similar organization and offer a similar room in Dubai. 

"We have always borrowed cash from one another when we were in budgetary challenges. I can likewise depend on him and the equivalent for him also in all the high points and low points throughout everyday life. Thus, this win is very, very special," said Sarath, who works as a technician in Naffco in Dubai.

And to celebrate the win, both of them are flying together to Kerala on Thursday night to see their families.

While Prasanth's little girl Sreenidhi will be 28-days-old on Friday, Sarath's girl Athira is a half year old. 

"I think my daughter is my lucky charm. Her name is Sreeinidhi, which means a valuable, divine blessing. What's more, it has ended up being valid," Prasanth, who functions as a specialized administrator for a similar organization, revealed to Khaleej Times. 

He is married to Arathi and the couple additionally has a six-year-old child, Suryakiran. 

"I just returned from Kerala after Arathi's conveyance, and now I am glad that I can be there for my little girl's naming service on Friday," said Prasanth. 

Sarath, on the other hand, cannot wait to see his mother. "I want to see my mum first. When you are extremely happy, the first feeling is to be next to your mother." He is married to Karthika.

Both friends said they were buying tickets for many years. "We need something to hope for. So, every month we look forward to the Big Ticket draw. This is the third month we are sharing the ticket. We never expected the New Year will begin so differently for us," said Sarath.

At the point when gotten some information about their huge plans, both said it was too soon. "We first need to be with our families. May be the prompt arrangement is to expedite them a visit here," said Sarath. 

At the point when bumped further, Prasanth said he needed to possess a homestead house in Kerala. 

"We need to accomplish something together as the two of us are keen on agribusiness. In any case, there is still time for all that."

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