American man becomes millionaire in Dubai Duty Free promotion and he doesn't even know it

New York resident Fakhreldin Ali Sabel purchased the winning ticket on July 22

Two other winners also walked away with a luxury car and motorbike. Photo: Dubai Duty Free
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An American who scooped $1 million in the latest Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion is currently unaware he is sitting on the winning ticket.

Fakhreldin Ali Sabel, who lives in New York, won the grand prize with ticket number 0680, which he bought on July 22.

He is the 12th American to win the $1 million prize. Officials were unable to reach him on Wednesday to share the good news.

What an amazing birthday gift. Thank you so much for this unexpected surprise
Elie Chami, French national

Launched in 1999, the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Promotion offers 5,000 ticket holders the chance to win $1 million for a ticket price of Dh1,000.

Two other winners also walked away with a brand new luxury car and motorbike in series 509 of the Finest Surprise Series draw, including a Sharjah resident.

Mohammed Hashir, an Indian living in the emirate, won a BMW R1250 RS motorbike with ticket number 0159, which he purchased online at

The 33-year-old mechanical engineer said he has been entering the draw for a few years.

“I’m delighted to have finally won and would like to thank Dubai Duty Free for this amazing promotion, I can’t wait to see my new bike and I’m looking forward to having my first ride on it,” he said.

Elie Chami, a French national in Lebanon, won a BMW 750Li xDrive M Sport car with ticket number 1181.

On the eve of his 50th birthday, he was delighted to hear news of the lucky win.

“What an amazing birthday gift. Thank you so much for this unexpected surprise,” he said.

Launched in 1989, the Finest Surprise Series is the longest-running and most successful duty free promotion.

Tickets are $139 (Dh500) and limited to 1,300 participants in each series. Ticket holders have a chance to win a BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, Jaguar or Range Rover.

Updated: August 17, 2022, 1:25 PM