Two Filipinos in Dubai are sharing the AED1 million prize in the latest Mahzooz draw with five other expatriates.
After matching five out of six winning numbers 1, 7, 17, 25, 35, and 43, Jovan and Jephie will take home AED142,857 or approximately P1.94 million.
Jovan, 32, works as a logistics coordinator at a medical supplies company. Hailing from Pampanga, he told GMA News Online that he will use the money to build their own house back home as well as send her mother home for good.
“Yan ang plano ko talaga. Makakapag-for good na rin si mama,” he said noting that her mother has been working in the host country for 22 years and left her in the Philippines when he was only six.
“Building my own home in my country is almost impossible with my current salary. Thanks to this prize money, my mother and I can have our own home soon,” Jovan added.
The OFW arrived in Dubai in February 2013 where he used to work as a receiving clerk at a grocery store. He then moved to a holding company engaged in property development where he worked as a procurement officer. Due to Covid-19, he lost the job in December and was fortunate enough to secure a new job–his current one–a month later.
Jep, 38, on the other hand, said he will share half of the prize with another friend who also entered a number combination.
“May usapan po kami. Dalawa kaming tumaya, kung sino ang manalo, ihahati yung premyo sa natalo,” Jep, who has been workling in the emirate for seven years and works as a technician, told GMA News Online.