A Kenyan living in Nairobi and a German national based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have each won Ksh100 million in the 2022 Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion.
According to international news outlets, Tajinder Dhanjal purchased the ticket online with hope of winning the prize. The housewife and mother of two is a regular participator in the promotion having entered the competition a decade ago.
She becomes the third Kenyan national to win the promotion since its inception in 1999.
"This is a real blessing from God, I cannot explain how much I appreciate this,” she stated.
The German national, Rolf Hartung, also expressed gratitude and disbelief for emerging among the winners in the promotion.
The 67-year-old never thought he would win the promotion despite being a regular player. He often purchased tickets during his numerous traveling stints. Hartung, however, turned to purchasing online tickets due to restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
“This is not only a great joy, but a great honour. I’m really surprised, I never thought that I would win one day. Thank you, Dubai, what a great start for the new year," he noted.
Both Dhanjal and Hartung are the first winners of the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion in 2022. Other winners in the past have clinched other prizes including Mercedes Benz S500 and high-end motorbikes.
The previous competition in 2021, saw an Indian, Ryan Valdeiro, as the only winner to clinch the Ksh1 million prize.
Another Kenyan, Ashwani Ganjoo, clinched the prize on October 20, 2021.
Kenyans have had success in past global competitions. Recently, Takachar (Safi Organics) was named among the winners of the Ksh500 million prize from Tesla's Chief Executive Elon Musk.
The Kenyan team had come up with a concept for capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and oceans to make applications as part of the Carbon Removal Student Competition.