All about Dubai Duty Free Raffle and how to win it
What would you do if you became a millionaire overnight? Buy your dream house, plan a vacation to Europe, get that snazzy sports car you always wanted or make some sound financial investments for your future? Well, at some point, we’ve all dreamt about winning huge sums of money in the lottery.
For many in the UAE and abroad, the Dubai Duty Free Raffle draw has actually made that dream come true. The popular lucky draw, which is into its 21st year, has made millionaires of many UAE residents and travellers in the country. Read on to know more about the DDF raffle and how you can win.
ALL ABOUT THE DUBAI DUTY FREE RAFFLE
The Dubai Duty Free (DDF), with a covered area of 40,000 sq. m spread across two airports, is one of the biggest travel retail operations in the world. In 2019, Dubai Duty Free year-end sales reached USD 2.029 billion. There are many ongoing and attractive campaigns at the duty free. The Dubai Duty Free Raffle is one of the longest-running the most awaited campaigns of the well-known brand.
Launched just before the turn of the millennium, the Dubai Duty Free Raffle is also known as the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire. One out of 5,000 ticket buyers gets the chance to win USD 1 million.
For the last 21 years, this draw has happened at an interval of every two to three weeks at the Dubai Duty Free Shopping Complex. All tickets are placed in the raffle box and one winner is selected, with the proceedings being recorded on camera.
You can win Dubai Duty Free Raffle prizes in three different categories.
Millennium Millionaire is the biggest prize. As the name suggests, you can win USD 1 million in the draw. Those who wish to participate must buy the Dubai Duty Free Millionaire Raffle ticket for AED 1,000. One can buy the Dubai Duty Free Raffle ticket online via the Dubai Duty Free website or from the Dubai Duty Free at the Dubai International Airport or Al Maktoum International Airport. Just think of all the things you can buy with US$ 1 million!
FINEST SURPRISE CAR
The Finest Surprise Car was launched 10 years before the Millennium Millionaire started. With tickets priced at AED 500, you have a chance to win a Range Rover, Jaguar, Porsche, Audi, BMW or Mercedes Benz. Each series is limited to 1,300 spots. However, some special draws go up to 2,300 tickets and you have the chance to win cars like Aston Martin, McLaren and Bentley.
FINEST SURPRISE MOTORBIKES
Finest Surprise Motorbikes was also launched in 1989. The ticket costs AED 100 and there are a total of 100 entries. Participants can win the latest models of BMW or Indian motorbikes.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW
I AM NOT TRAVELLING FROM DXB AIRPORT. CAN I STILL TAKE PART IN THE DRAW?
Yes, you can. Just visit the Dubai Duty Free website to buy Dubai Duty Free Raffle tickets. Don’t forget to check the drop-down menu in the list of eligible countries for confirmation. One can also use a debit card to buy a ticket if the issuing bank permits.
WHERE CAN I BUY THE DUBAI DUTY FREE RAFFLE TICKETS?
As mentioned earlier, Dubai Duty Free Raffle ticket online purchase is one convenient option. You can also buy a ticket in person at the two Dubai airports. Previously tickets were sold at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Creekside Hotel, Queen Elizabeth 2, Le Meridien Hotel, Hatta Border Shop and Irish Village Shop; however, these sales have been suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. An announcement will be made on official channels when sales resume.
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE DRAW?
Details of winners are posted on the official Facebook page and the DDF website. Moreover, Dubai Duty Free Raffle Draw winners will be contacted using the details provided at the time of ticket purchase.
HOW WILL MONEY BE TRANSFERRED IN CASE OF A WIN?
The money is transferred to the Dubai Duty Free Raffle Draw winner’s bank account. This process typically takes three to four weeks.
WILL MY MOTORCYCLE BE DELIVERED TO MY HOME COUNTRY?
Yes, the winning motorcycle is delivered free of cost to the home country at the nearest seaport. However, the relevant duties and taxes will have to be paid by the individual.
23 Dubai Duty Free Millionaire Raffle winners were lucky enough to win the promotion twice. While there are thousands of participants per draw, every individual has a great chance. It is all about taking a risk and who knows what will happen. The first step, however, is to buy the ticket.
The Millionaire Raffle it a major attraction but Dubai Duty Free is also an incredible place for shopping. Another Dubai Duty Free Arcade is located onboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 in Dubai, which offers a different experience. Nonetheless, whenever you visit now, it is important to first read about coronavirus in the UAE and what rules one must follow.
Besides the Dubai Duty Free Raffle, those in the UAE can also take part in the Mashreq Millionaire draw. Why miss out on opportunities to make quick money? Especially on days when you feel a bit lucky, it’s definitely worth a shot.
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Try your luck at the Dubai Duty Free Raffle. Winners go home with one million US dollars, a superlative car or an incredible motorcycle.
The Dubai Lottery, also called the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Lottery, was launched way back in 1999 to reward travelers with extra cash before they continue their journey. And, since then, there is no looking back because it’s one of the most anticipated lotteries for travelers flying in and out of Dubai. The lottery primarily operates from the Dubai International Airport and is famous worldwide due to the high odds of winning. There is no cap on the number of tickets you can buy, so you can increase the odds by purchasing more tickets.
Since its inception, there have been a massive number of winners, each of who has won the US $1 million jackpot. Seven lucky winners have won the prize more than once.
How to play the Millennium Millionaire Lottery
For playing the Dubai Lottery, a player has to purchase a ticket that carries a unique identification number. On the day of the draw, all the numbers are pooled together, and a number is picked at random. The winner is the person whose ticket number is drawn. DDF millennium millionaire is more of a raffle based lottery than a conventional ‘draw’ lottery wherein players have to choose a bunch of numbers.
The ticket promotion is capped at 5,000 tickets, and the draw takes place every 2-3 weeks. There is no fixed specified date for the draw. However, the schedule is published in advance on the website of Dubai duty-free. Draws are conducted at the duty-free mall located at the Dubai International airport, and the results are published on lotto.in, their official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
The odd of winning a prize are one-in-5000, which is by far one of the best odds for an international lottery.
Unlike many lotteries, you don’t have to travel to Dubai to purchase the tickets. You have to log onto the Dubai Lottery website and create an account. You will have to provide details of your passport for registering on the official website. After registering, you can purchase a ticket using a debit or credit card. DDF issues a digital ticket via the registered email address. For those who don’t have a debit/credit card, the Dubai Lottery provides the option of telegraphic transfer. One good thing about online transactions is that anyone can purchase the ticket, and there is no cap on who can and who cannot.
You can ealso buy tickets from Irish Village Shop and FS counters at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
The cost of the ticket is AED (United Arab Emirates Dirham) 1,000 each. For the Finest Surprise Cars and Bikes, the tickets cost Dh 500 and Dh 100, respectively.
Interestingly, you can also reserve a particular ticket number via email or telephone. Unfortunately, the Dubai Lotteryhas not provided any details on how you can reserve the desired ticket number.
How to Claim your Prize
Dubai Lottery makes only wire transfer to the Millenium Millionaire winners. For claiming the prize, you are required to submit the original ticket which you purchased, a proof of the banking details and copy of a valid passport. On providing all the information, the prize amount is usually transferred within three to four weeks.
What is the tax deduction?
The jackpot winner receives the entire amount of US $1 million, and DDF doesn’t take any responsibility for paying or reducing the tax amount because the tax varies from country to country. The winner is solely responsible for paying the taxes or fees based on their tax laws.
The Dubai Lottery, also called the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Lottery, takes place every 2-3 weeks once 5,000 tickets are sold.