Emirates Crash-landing Survivor Wins $1 Million Drawing
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Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar may be the luckiest man alive. Only six days after walking away from the crash-landing and explosion of Emirates flight 521 in Dubai, he won a Duty Free drawing for $1 Million.
Khadar, 62, is an Indian citizen, who has worked in Dubai for 37 years as a car salesman. He is due to retire this December. He purchased his winning ticket in early July, at the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire at Concourse A at Dubai International Airport, while leaving Dubai for a vacation back home in India.
He told Gulf News that he made it a habit to buy a ticket each time he traveled home to India. This ticket was his seventeenth attempt to win. He said, “I have been working in Dubai for 37 years, and I have always felt like this is my country. I live a simple life, and now that it’s my time to retire, I feel like God gave me a second life when I survived the plane crash, and blessed me with this money to follow all this up by doing good things.”
Khadar only earns 8,000 Dirhams a month at his job, (equivalent to $2,178 U.S. Dollars) but he plans to give some of his newfound fortune away to the needy children of his hometown of Kerala, for financial and medical needs. Much if his career earnings have gone toward paying back a loan that he took out to care for his 21-year-old son, who was paralyzed by an injury as an infant.
He said he feels like his escape from the burning Boeing 777 was a miracle, and thanks God for his survival. “I value the escape as a more precious gift from God and I knew God saved me for some specific purpose. Probably this is it.”
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