Roland Baltazar, a Filipino resident of Abu Dhabi, finally struck gold last week when he won an immediate million dollars in a lottery in Dubai.
In the 27th weekly live Mahzooz draw, the 38-year-old Filipino was one of two lucky winners of AED 1,000,000 (PhP 13+ Million) each.
It was a dream come true for Roland, who had been entering numerous draws since he arrived in Dubai ten years ago.
“I’ve been participating in the draw from day one and I never lost hope,” Roland, who works as a delivery rider at a cake shop, said.
“I never thought that I’d become a millionaire but now I know for sure that everything in life is possible,” he added.
Roland, who has been working diligently to help his family in the Philippines, will now use the award money to build a house for his family.
“I can finally buy land for my mother so she can build her dream home,” he said.
An Emirati national was the other winner of the 27th weekly Mahzooz draw. In addition, he matched five out of six numbers and won AED1 million.