Dubai, UAE: The good vibes keep rolling on. 

A Filipino expatriate working as gym sales associate in Dubai won AED 1 million in a live weekly raffle draw after matching 5 out of 6 numbers.

The winner, named only as “Antonio,” 33, in the official announcement, has been in Dubai for three years.

“I participate in Mahzooz every week and never miss a draw. However, I couldn’t watch the live draw this week and I didn’t realise I won until I received a call from the Mahzooz team congratulating me. I was shocked and couldn’t believe it. I’ve never expected I would win such a big amount of money. This is a life-changing win to say the least. I feel blessed and overwhelmed!” Mahzooz quoted him as saying.

The new millionaire has been in Dubai for three years and is currently engaged to the love of his life.

“This money is such a blessing for us and our whole family,” said Antonio. “My fiancé and I can finally have our dream wedding and set ourselves up for the future.”

Antonio’s good deeds don’t stop at home.

“I have a nephew who was dreaming of studying abroad and I plan on helping him pay for that,” said Antonio. “Also, my friend works in a church in Oud Metha and I know a lot of people in that community have really been hit hard during the Covid-19 pandemic. I will donate some of my winnings to the church to help those in need.”

Antonio is grateful for the fortune that has transformed his life and has a message to his fellow Mahzooz participants.

“Life won’t always be easy, but Mahzooz is there to help. Always look at the bright side; no matter what you go through, there will be blessings along the way,” concluded Antonio.

To date, Mahzooz has seen more than 17 thousand Filipino winners take home over AED 6.5 million in cash prizes. Mahzooz crowned its first Filipino millionaire in the 27th draw which took place on 29th May 2021, where Abu Dhabi resident and delivery driver Roland bagged AED 1 million.

For those who missed out on last week’s live draw, entrants can participate in Mahzooz by registering via www.mahzooz.ae and purchasing a bottle of water. Each bottle of water purchased (for AED 35) provides eligibility for one line in the draw and the donation is channelled through Mahzooz’s community partners to hydrate those in need.

The next draw will be held as scheduled on Saturday 26 June 2021 at 9:00pm UAE time. Mahzooz is inclusive to all who are eligible. (Photo by Rosaline Baylosis) 

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