The Filipino community in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is abuzz with excitement as John, a 26-year-old expatriate from the Philippines, has been crowned the eighth Filipino Mahzooz millionaire. The young winner struck gold during the 138th weekly draw held on July 22, walking away with the guaranteed raffle prize of Dh1,000,000.
Mahzooz, the UAE's leading weekly draw, has now produced 53 millionaires and distributed over Dh427 million in prize money to more than 250,000 lucky winners. The draw has become particularly popular among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the UAE, GCC, and beyond, creating a sense of community and connection among Pinoys in the region.
John arrived in the UAE two years ago to work alongside his mother as a filing clerk at his uncle's laundry business in Karama, Dubai. Since then, he has faithfully participated in Mahzooz every week, hoping for a life-changing opportunity. Little did he know that this would be the week his dreams would come true.
Overnight, John's Mahzooz account saw a staggering increase of Dh1,000,000, leaving the young winner speechless and filled with joy. Expressing his gratitude, he said, "This is the first time I win anything in my entire life. Coming to the UAE was a huge step for me as I am the main breadwinner for my large family. Now the UAE and Mahzooz have awarded me this huge prize which I still cannot fathom. My four brothers and two sisters are extremely happy for me, and I am forever grateful for this huge win."
With his newfound fortune, John has big plans for the future. He intends to invest in a laundry business in the UAE, building on his uncle's existing venture or starting a new one in the same industry. Additionally, John wants to support his father's farming business back home in the Philippines, using a portion of the prize money to enhance their family's livelihood.
The Mahzooz draw on July 22 saw a total of Dh1,511,750 distributed among 1,278 winners. While the top prize of Dh20,000,000 went unclaimed, 30 participants matched four out of the five winning numbers and shared the second prize of Dh200,000, earning Dh6,667 each. Another 1,247 winners matched three out of five numbers and received Dh250 each.