Abu Dhabi: First-time customer Sam Heidaritorshizi has been named the Grand Prize Winner in a series of 249 blockbuster live shows, taking home a AED15 million grand prize.
The Turkish national, who moved to the UAE four years ago and now lives in Dubai, is currently the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. Heidaritorshizi bought his first big ticket online in the first week of February, taking advantage of the buy two get one free promotion.
When Big Ticket representatives first tried to contact Heidaritorshizi to tell him about his big win, his line was busy because he was flooded with congratulatory calls from close friends. Heidaritorshizi said that while he had been checking the Big Ticket website over the past week hoping to see his name, he never expected to be the winner.
“Thank you, Big Ticket. You changed my life,” he added.
The evening’s second prize winner, UAE’s Salim Albastaki, won AED 1 million. The first-time winner, who has been buying tickets for the past 15 years, said he first learned about Big Ticket through an ad.
In the upcoming live draw in April, one customer will win AED 20 million for the Big Ticket. In addition to the grand prize, for the first time this year, nine other winners will have the chance to win a guaranteed cash prize in an upcoming live draw.
Big Ticket customers will also be automatically entered into the weekly e-draw and stand a chance to be one of three winners to win Dh100,000 each week.