An Indian man who survived the Dubai plane crash last week has been dubbed the “world’s luckiest man” after he won a $1m lottery just six days later.
Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar was on the Emirates plane that crashed and burst into flames on the runway of Dubai’s airport last Wednesday.
He escaped along with all 300 on board minutes before the plane exploded in a huge fireball.
Now the 62-year-old grandfather is celebrating life even more. His ticket was drawn in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire lottery at Concourse A at Dubai International Airport.
Khadar, who works in a Dubai car dealership, purchased the ticket before going on a family holiday to Thiruvananthapuram in the south Indian state of Kerala.
During his return flight he was seated on the doomed plane that including 24 Britons, six Americans, and four Irish passengers.
The passengers were led to safety minutes before the Boeing 777 was completely engulfed in flames.
“I have been working in Dubai for 37 years, and I have always felt like this is my country,” he said.
“I live a simple life, and now that it’s my time to retire, 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.”
Khadar said he intends to move back to India and use the money to help children in need. He was only four months away from retirement before the tumultuous events of the past week.
“I am blessed and can’t wait to share the news with my family,” he said.
“If you ask me about my plans, I obviously want to help the children in Kerala who are less fortunate than others and need some financial help and medical support.
"I don’t want to give it to a charity or build a business, I want to go out and find people who really need help and give them money. I was poor, and I know what people go through.”
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