Little did Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar know that his survival from a deadly plane crash would further be blessed with a lottery of $ 1 million. It might sound astounding, but it is true. Khadar, 62 was one of the 300 passengers who escaped death when Emirates flight EK521 crashed at the Dubai airport on August 3. He had a habit of purchasing lottery tickets while travelling and one such ticket resulted in him winning $1 million.
His ticket number 0845 was drawn in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire lottery at Concourse A at Dubai International Airport. Khadar, who hails from Kerala and works in a Dubai car dealership soon came to be called the “world’s luckiest man” after he won the lottery six days post the crash.
“For the lucky escape I have been praying to Almighty all these days. After the precious first gift (of life) I got another one… The latest gift has emboldened me to do more good things for the rest of my life. If you ask me about my plans, I obviously want to help the children in Kerala who are less fortunate than others and need some financial help and medical support,” he said.
Khadar, a grandfather, earns Dirham 8,000 (Rs 1,45,212) a month and has been working in Dubai since 1978. He says, his wife always scolded him for buying these raffle tickets, while he consoled her that some day they will hit the jackpot. This was his 17th lottery ticket.