Not every day that you get a chance to win more than P200 million from the lottery which is why this Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Dubai definitely was definitely overjoyed.
Russel Reyes Tuazon, who works as a store manager, recently won Dh15 million (approx. P222,474,126) at the Emirates Draw EASY6.
According to Tuazon, his life turned drastically overnight when the Emirates Draw called him informing about the win.
“I was actually soundly asleep when they called past midnight because I worked morning shift,” says Tuazon.
“I was stunned; the news was overwhelming. I immediately called my wife but it was still around 4am in the Philippines and she only answered my call after several attempts. She too was shocked. She thought I had gone crazy but I sent her a screenshot of the email notification and she finally believed me,” Tuazon narrated.
“It has been almost two weeks since my win but the feeling of winning millions still has yet to sink in. I’m an introvert person. I don’t usually hang out and I’m not active on social media. My life will definitely change when this news of me winning will come out,” he added.
Tuazon thanked Emirates Draw for his huge win.
“But I can now plan a better future for myself and my family, thanks to this enormous win from Emirates Draw. My broad plan is to open a business related to my line of work in the food and beverage industry. I have to work out the details yet.”
Tuazon’s winning combination is 6-29-34-17-22-25. These numbers are symbolic for Tuazon. It represents his birthday, as well as his mother, elder sister, and son’s birthdays.
“I was born on June 29 and I’m now 34 years old — that’s 6, 29 and 34; my son was born on September 17; my mother on September 22; and my elder sister on November 25,” says Tuazon.
“It’s also 15-15-15 for me. I bought the ticket for Dh15, and won Dh15 million on my 15th year living and working in Dubai,” the lucky OFW added.
Tuazon first came to Dubai in 2008 when he was only 19 years old. He left his parents and siblings to find a better-paying job at a hotel. When he first came to Dubai, he worked as a hotel staff but later became a store manager as he worked his way up.
“It has been a rollercoaster ride for me. When I came to this country as a teenager, I had no idea what my life could be. There have been many ups and down. But now, the actual fun and adventure has only begun.”