Pinoy Wins 1kg of Gold Worth Dh150,000 (Php2.1 Million) at Mall Raffle in Dubai

A Filipino working in Dubai has struck gold, literally, when he won a 1-kg gold bar from a mall raffle – and it’s worth Dh150,000 (Php2.1 Million)!

Edmundo Catangay who hails from the Philippines won the grand prize in the annual Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) extravaganza, Majid Al Futtaim’s shopping promotion.

Shoppers at City Centre Deira saw the gold bar on display and were certainly enticed to shell out at least Dh200 (Php2,800) at any of the stores in the mall for a chance to win the grand prize. Those who spend at least Dh400 (Php5,600) in any of the mall’s fashion outlets also get the chance to win a trip for two to various destinations, including Sri Lanka and India.

Catangay had not been keen on winning the prize but entered the raffle nonetheless; then, he just forgot about it. So, when he received the phone call that he won the grand prize at the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) extravaganza, he first thought that he was getting pranked by his friends.

But he would soon become ecstatic upon learning he had actually won the gold bar.

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Catangay who works as general technician in Ras Al Khaimah has 3 children back in the Philippines. He has been working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for two years now.

Winning the gold bar was certainly something that was totally unexpected but an amazing blessing for the hardworking technician. He plans on cashing it in so he could buy house and lot for his family back home.

Some netizens suggested that he keep the gold because its value would certainly rise in the years to come but Catangay needs the money for the house and lot – and this would certainly be a great way to spend his winnings! Do you agree?

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Gulf News