Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar has been dubbed as the luckiest man for 2016 so far. What makes him so lucky is the fact that he narrowly escaped death on the Emirates flight EK521 which crash landed at Dubai airport, then six days later he wins the lottery!
The lucky Indian lottery player who works in a Dubai car dealership, made it a habit to always buy a lottery ticket before returning to India - the winning ticket was the 17th he had purchased.
On his return to Dubai, the Emirates plane crash landed at Dubai airport. As we’ve all by now seen in the news, thankfully all of those on board, were led to safety minutes before the Boeing 777 was completely engulfed in flames.
All 300 passengers escaped before the entire plane exploded. I’m sure Mr Khadar at that moment must have thought that he had definitely used up all this luck surviving all that. But, you just never know do you?
On Tuesday, Mr Khadar, a 62-year-old grandfather claimed the equivalent of a million dollars after the lottery ticket he purchased before going on holiday won on the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire at Concourse A in the terminal.
Mr Khader said: 'I have been working in Dubai for 37 years, and I have always felt like this is my country. 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.'
When asked about surviving the plane crash landing and finally exploding, he said that it was a ‘miracle’ and valued it as a “more precious’ gift from God.
'I knew God saved me for some specific purpose. Probably this is it,' he added.
All this has happened just four months before Mr Khadar goes on retirement, since working in Dubai since 1978. It really does seem as though he’s retiring with a bang!
He plans to finally retire to his homeland and help those less fortunate than himself.
He said that he would do volunteer work to help other but that he’s in two minds about financially assisting people as that makes enemies eventually.
After everything Mr Khadar’s been through, we can’t help but agree that he definitely does not need any further problems in this life.
The million is definitely be a really good start to his retirement and a brand new way of life.
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