A MAN who scooped the jackpot with his first ever lottery ticket has revealed he only decided to play after getting a crazy piece of advice from his boss.
Ajay Ogula, 31, won a whopping £3.3million after a “random conversation” with his superior encouraged him to try his luck.
The lotto winner, from a small village in South India, has his boss to thank for never having to work a day in his life again.
He moved to Dubai four years ago in hopes of finding a job when he bagged a role as a driver for a jewellery company.
Despite the glitz and glamour of the business, Ajay was earning just a measly £724 a month for his work.
After paying his bills, the driver had a small amount of cash left to play with – which he didn’t want to waste gambling.
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But his boss offered him another perspective of the lottery during a chance encounter where they discussed another big winner.
Ajay explained: “During a random conversation with my boss, I mentioned reading about someone winning a handsome amount on the Emirates Draw.
“My boss advised that ‘you keep wasting money here and there, so why not use it instead for an opportunity like this?'”
He decided to bear his superior’s suggestion in mind – and later installed the lotto mobile app on his phone.
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Ajay purchased two tickets for Emirate Draw’s EASY6, but wasn’t expecting to come up trumps on his first try.
He continued: “I was out with my friend when I received the congratulatory email.
“I thought, perhaps it’s a smaller winning amount, but when I started reading, the zeroes kept adding up, and I practically lost my mind when I learnt the final figure.
“I still cannot believe I hit the jackpot.”
The driver became a millionaire after his numbers came up in the December draw and he secured the jackpot.
Ajay is said to be planning to use his winnings to build a house for his family members in Dubai and give them a fresh start.
Managing Partner at Emirates Draw, Mohammad Behroozian Alawadhi, said: “Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner, Ajay Ogula, on his epic win.
“Emirates Draw is not just about numbers and winners; it is about making a difference in people’s lives and has been the goal from day one and will remain at the heart of all we do.
“Our entire team is ecstatic for Ajay Ogula, and we are confident that this win will positively change his life and all the people around him.”