Engineer in Dubai to build his future with Infiniti Mega Raffle prize

18 January 2015

Luck knocks at his door twice before the Turkish engineer’s disbelief turns into a rewarding reality

Having been in the UAE just for the past two years, Kerim Vekil, a 27-year-old Turkish national wasn’t completely convinced the first time round a customer service representative at an ENOC/EPPCO station in Jebel Ali, offered to sell him the Infiniti Mega Raffle ticket. “I asked him many questions. I wasn’t completely sure about the raffle and I declined to buy it,” he said, recollecting the unusual course of events that made him the winner of two luxury Infiniti cars QX50, QX60 and AED 100,000 in cash.

“Another day I was at a different gas station and once again I was approached by one of the customer services representatives. I had similar questions for him and this time, I ended up buying a ticket,” he added.

On 10 January, when Kerim received a call from Global Village, he mistook it for someone else’s call and before he could be completely sure that he had become the winner, his phone’s battery ran out. “Given the time I received the call, I mistook it as a call from a colleague. But before I could speak further, the call was disconnected and I had to wait to charge my phone again before I could actually confirm what had really happened,” he added.

When he called back, he was finally won over by the news – further confirmed when he saw his name on the list of winners on 10th January posted at the gas station he had purchased the ticket from. “I would like to thank Dubai and Dubai Shopping Festival in particular for the great initiative. It’s a wonderful opportunity for many and I am very happy to have won it at my first shot,” said Kerim who has never participated in a DSF raffle before.

Speaking about his plans for the big money, Kerim said he would sell one of the two cars and keep the other for himself as he was already looking to buy one. He would use the cash and the money from the second car as down payment for a house in Turkey.

The Infiniti Mega Raffle offers DSF shoppers the opportunity to take home a whopping prize worth AED 500,000 each day of the festival until 1 February. The daily prize consists of two luxurious Infiniti models, QX60 and Q50, plus AED 100,000 in cash. Shoppers can purchase the Infiniti Mega Raffle ticket for just AED 200 at select ENOC and EPPCO petrol stations, Global Village, Gold Souk and at main streets.

As a special gesture in celebration of the DSF 20th Anniversary, shoppers participating in the Infiniti Mega Raffle will get a second chance to win with over AED 2 million in additional prizes that will be up for grabs at weekly raffle draws. At these DSF 20th Anniversary Special weekly draws, five lucky shoppers stand to win cash prizes of AED 100,000 each.

The 20th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival is organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and is being held under the theme, “A Journey of Celebrations”. DSF 2015 celebrates the festival’s key pillars of Winning, Shopping and Entertainment, by offering more than 150 citywide events, mega attractions, numerous shopping opportunities and winning options for visitors and residents from around the world.

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