Indian family wins 1kg of gold in Dubai Shopping Festival raffle

An Indian family who were looking to buy jewelry to celebrate their son’s engagement struck the big time when they won 1kg of gold in a raffle. 

DUBAI // An Indian family who were looking to buy jewelry to celebrate their son’s engagement struck the big time when they won 1kg of gold in a raffle. 

The family, who were visiting from Andhra Pradesh and shopping for gifts. They spotted a Dubai Shopping Festival raffle box, and submitted the name of their son, 25-year-old Sreedhar. 

The engineer, who arrived in Dubai eight months ago, said it earned him brownie points with his fiance when he called her to share the good news. 

“I called her and she was thrilled,” he said. “She said to me that she had no clue that I could be this lucky.”

However, Sreedhar is unlikely to see any of the gold himself. The prize will be divided into four, he said. 

“One part will be with my parents, another for my sister, third one will be go to my aunt and the fourth part will be given to my cousin,” he said.

“My parents are jumping around. They’re so thrilled. I have no words to describe how happy they are with this win.”

He said the campaign, by DSF, was worth commending: “The Dubai Shopping Festival is doing a great job because the prizes are transforming the lives of so many needy people in the country – that’s worth appreciating.”

Shoppers can enter the daily raffle if they spend Dh500 on gold jewelry. If they spend the same amount or more on diamonds, pearls and watches, they receive two raffle coupons. 

The promotion will run until February 2. 

newsdesk@thenational.ae

Published: January 16, 2014 04:00 AM

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