‘Ngayon mau-umpisahan ko nang bayaran ang mga utang ko’
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) working as a bakeshop delivery van driver in Abu Dhabi has won AED1 million in a raffle draw, or the equivalent of about Php13 million – money that, he said, will cover expenses, which include paying off outstanding debts to friends and kin in the Philippines so he can finally go home for a break, and a dream wedding for her partner of three years.
“Masayang masaya. Hindi po ako nakatulog. Tumaas pa ang blood pressure ko,” said the winner, identified only by the raffle draw company as “Roland,” and who refused to give his full name when contacted by Daily Bread News, citing privacy issues.
Roland, who hails from Pangasinan, said his live-in partner was as well ecstatic. “Number combination nya kasi yun,” he explained.
Roland, 38, who said he has been in the UAE for the past 10 years, said topping his expenditure list is the transfer of their family’s land title from their grandparents to his mother. “Sa lolo’t lola ko pa kasi nakapangalan. Malaki ang gastusin sa paglipat ng name sa titulo,” he said.
Also high in Roland’s to-do list is a dream wedding for his partner.
Roland said he will also consider business ventures like a condo unit, but hinted he’d be more inclined to go farming and manage a fishery.
“Mabilis maubos ang pera. Nagtitingin-tingin ako ng mabi-business kung sakaling mag-for good na,” he said. “For good” is a common term among OFWs in UAE, which means returning home without intent to work abroad again.
Roland said he already has savings for his two kids that he has from his first love affair. “May savings na talagang naka-laan para sa kanila,” he said. He has two kids, the eldest being 16 years old; the youngest, 10. His partner, a widow, has a child.
And, as there’s no place like home, as the cliché goes, which is why Roland said he plans to clear all his debts so he can visit the Philippines again.
“Ang dami kong mga utang sa mga kaibigan at kamag-anak sa Pilipinas. Kaya hindi ako maka-uwi kasi hindi maka-bayad. Ngayon uumpisahan ko na silang bayaran,” Roland said.
Roland is the second OFW to recently win in the raffle draw held by Mahzooz, the only weekly live draw in the region that offers players a life-changing opportunity.
In May, a 31-year-old single mom working as office manager at an HR Consultancy won AED201,000 or the equivalent of Php2.63 million pesos. Wendy Arroz, who hails from Cagayan Valley told GMA News Online that she will use the money to settle a housing loan she got two years ago for her daughter.
According to Mahzooz, along with Roland, an Emirati national also matched five out of six numbers and claimed AED 1,000,000. The two winners shared the AED 2,000,000 second prize, which was doubled in accordance with the Rules of Mahzooz, after going unclaimed in the previous 26th draw.