Kannur native, friends win Rs 41.5 cr in Abu Dhabi big ticket draw
Abu Dhabi: Kannur native Jijesh is in cloud nine after witnessing the moment when he was declared the winner of Abu Dhabi duty-free big ticket. At first, he was shocked to know that his lottery won the bumper prize. When he realized the truth, it led to great happiness in his life. The expat has won Rs 41.5 crore as the first prize of the big ticket.
Jijesh Koroth, a native of Moweri in Kannur has been working as a driver in Ras Al Khaimah. He took the lottery ticket by sharing the ticket cost with his friends Thrissur native Shanoj and Malappuram native Shajahan. They are also working as drivers here.
Following the coronavirus outbreak, the life of the three friends became in crisis as the number of tourists decreased. Hence, they were struggling to make both ends meet for a month. But the trio turned lucky with the lottery draw.
Jijesh purchased the lottery carrying the number 041779 via online. Still, Jijesh is wondering about the his fortune. His wife Sujisha and daughter Vedhika are also living with him in Abu Dhabi.
“I have been living as an expat since 15 years. So far, I don’t have any savings nor have I constructed own house. I have been spending my income to lead a happy life with my family. My family is my priority. So I took my wife and daughter here though such an arrangement is very expensive here,” said Jijesh.
He revealed about his financial problems too.
“As the job became in crisis, repayment of credit card failed. So I have been receiving continuous calls from the banks. We were to leave for Kerala next month. Every day, I think that all problems will be sorted out soon. Finally, good fortune came in my life with the lottery,” said the expat.
Jijesh and his two friends have been taking lottery tickets from the last three months. The trio has an equal share in the lottery. Hence, each one will get Rs 14 cr.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, they have not met so far to celebrate their happiness.
Jijesh stated that he has started planning on the next phase in his life after winning the lottery.