A man who survived the Dubai plane crash earlier this month has been labelled as the world’s luckiest man after winning 1 million dollars (£770,000) in a lottery just six days later on August 9.
Mohamed Basheer Abdul Khadar, 61, was returning to Dubai from India after visiting family for the Eid celebrations when the Emirates plane he was on crash landed and exploded on August 3.
Mr Basheer and 300 other passengers narrowly escaped with their lives after the disaster.
He claims that he has only played the Dubai Duty Free Millionaire lottery 17 times and purchased the ticket while on his way to India on vacation for Eid on July 6.
Mr Basheer said: “I would buy a millionaire ticket whenever I travelled through Dubai airport. This is my 17th ticket.”
He has been working in Dubai for 37 years for a car dealer and was due to retire last year but was persuaded to stay on for one more year.
He said: “I have been working in Dubai for 37 years…I have always felt like this is my country.”
“I feel like God gave me a second life when I survived the plane crash, and blessed me with this money to follow all this up by doing good things.”
“I value the escape as a more precious gift from God and I knew God saved me for some specific purpose. Probably this is it.”
Mr Basheer now hopes to return to India after his retirement and help children in his home town of Kerala with his new-found wealth.