Separated mother of three wins Dh1 million at UAE raffle


For a change, the winner of Big Ticket Abu Dhabi raffle draw is not an Indian but a Filipino — the only woman among 10 winners of the Big 10 Millionaires, who have all won Dh1 million each on Thursday.

Leilani Quijano Del Rosario, who works as a nurse in Abu Dhabi, said the money will help in looking after her kids. A mother of three, she is separated and living in the UAE Capital for 14 years now.

“My two kids are studying back in the Philippines while a third one has started working. This amount will help in repaying my loans and help my students in pursuing their higher education. I am managing the affairs alone and this amount will help me immensely,” Leilani said.

She, however, will be sharing the prize money with her colleagues.

“We all colleagues chipped in with money to buy the ticket. And will now share it accordingly,” Leilani said.

And how she plans to celebrate? “Nothing, I will be going to church to say my thanks to the lord and also the UAE

 for this good blessing,” Leilani added.

Other winners, mostly Indians, are all men.

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