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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.

PRIZE CATEGORIES

You can win Dubai Duty Free Raffle prizes in three different categories.

MILLENNIUM MILLIONAIRE

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.

Big Ticket

Big Ticket Lottery raffle operates out of Abu Dhabi International Airport and gives players the opportunity to win millions of dirhams as well as dream cars such as Land Rovers, BMWs and Corvettes. Draws take place once a month and tickets can be bought online or from selected locations in UAE.

Check out the Big Ticket results by clicking the link below, or choose which month you would like to see:
Results
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How to Play The Big Ticket

For each Big Ticket entry you buy, you will be given a unique six-digit raffle number. On the day of each draw, all purchased raffle numbers are placed in a drum and winning tickets are selected at random. One ticket will be drawn as the winner of the jackpot or the dream prize, and there are various smaller cash prizes available too.

There is no limit to the number of tickets that can be sold for cash draws but tickets for special draws, such as the dream car draws, are limited. The number of tickets available is announced when they go on sale.

Draws take place once a month but are not scheduled for a specific date or time. The schedule will be published in advance on the Big Ticket website. Special draws are only scheduled after all of the tickets have been sold. Draws are conducted in the Arrivals Hall at Abu Dhabi International Airport, supervised by Big Ticket staff and airport officials.

The odds of winning a prize vary depending on how many tickets are sold.

Buying Tickets?

If you live in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), you can play online by registering for an account on the official website. You will need to provide details of a valid photo identification, such as a passport number. This ID will be required to claim any prizes you win, so it is important that you enter your details correctly. After you have registered, you will be able to purchase tickets using a debit or credit card, or Cash on Delivery (COD).

Online tickets will be delivered to you via email within 24 hours. Those purchased during the first week of the month may take between 24-48 hours to be delivered, due to the high volume of ticket purchases at the end of each month and the time it takes to process them.

You can also buy tickets from Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain Duty Free, Ghweifat Duty Free, Abu Dhabi City Terminal and the ADNEC Expo Check-In. You will need to present valid photo identification, such as a passport. Your ticket will be issued straight away. Non-residents of the UAE can also take part by buying tickets from the Big Ticket website.

Tickets for the cash draws cost AED 500, while tickets for the dream car draws vary depending on the value of the prize. These tickets will cost either AED 50, 100 or 200. If you buy two tickets in the same transaction you get a third free.

How to Claim your Prize

Winners will be invited to claim their prize from the Etihad Catering Office at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The office is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Gulf Standard Time (GST). To claim a prize, you will need to present the photo identification that you used to buy your ticket.

If you live outside of the United Arab Emirates you can arrange for your winnings to be paid via bank transfer. This is subject to rigorous security checks and on the condition that you provide the following documentation:

  • A copy of your passport, certified by the UAE embassy in your country of residence
  • Bank address, account number, swift code or sort code, and a letter from the bank confirming that you are the owner of the account
  • A letter signed by you and addressed to DFS (the lottery operator) confirming that you want the cash to be transferred to the requested bank account
  • The original winning ticket if purchased in-store, or a print out of your e-ticket if purchased online
  • Contact details

If you win a dream car but live outside of the UAE, it is your responsibility to arrange its export and to pay any associated costs. The lottery provider will not transport the car on your behalf. Cars won in the Big Ticket lottery cannot be exchanged for their equivalent cash value. As the registered owner, you would be free to sell or trade the car at your discretion but the lottery provider does not guarantee its value upon resale.

Big Ticket FAQs

1. How old do I have to be to play?

There is no minimum age to play Big Ticket but you must have a valid passport to enter.

2. How much is the Big Ticket?

Tickets for cash draws cost AED 500. The price of tickets for special draws, such as dream car draws, varies between AED 50, 100 and 200.

3. When and where do the draws take place?

Big Ticket draws take place on the third day of every month. Draws are conducted in the Arrivals Hall of Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE.

4. What is the difference between cash draws and special draws?

In cash draws, a top prize worth millions of dirhams is on offer, in addition to smaller cash prizes. The number of tickets that can be sold for these draws is not limited and draws are usually announced several months in advance.

Special draws offer top prizes of luxury cars and dream holidays, as well as smaller cash prizes. Tickets are limited and draws are only scheduled once all the tickets have been sold.

5. What are Weekend and Countdown Bonanzas?

Weekend Bonanzas offer you the chance to win free lottery tickets. If you take part in the ‘buy 2 get 1 free’ ticket promotion between Thursday and Saturday, you will be entered into a special mini-draw on the following Sunday. Ten names will be drawn and each one will receive three more free tickets for the Big Ticket draw they entered.

The Countdown Bonanza works in exactly the same way, except that it takes place over the last five days of the month. Not all draws have a Weekend or Countdown Bonanza; the promotions will be announced in advance on the Big Ticket website and social media channels.

6. Do I pay tax on Big Ticket winnings?

Prizes will be subject to the tax laws in your country of residence. Players do not have to pay VAT on lottery tickets as this is paid by the provider.

7. What do I do if I lose my ticket?

Tickets bought online or computerised tickets purchased from the selected locations in Abu Dhabi can usually be replaced. Simply email [email protected] to report the loss of your ticket. If you were provided with a manual ticket, additional steps will be taken to verify that you are the rightful owner.

8. When did Big Ticket start?

Big Ticket Abu Dhabi first took place in 1992 with the tagline “Dream Big With Big Ticket.” The original prize on offer was one million dirhams.

The Big Ticket Lottery raffle operates out of Abu Dhabi International Airport and gives players the opportunity to win millions of dirhams as well as dream cars such as Land Rovers, BMWs and Corvettes. ]]>