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Indian expatriate Sreeraj Krishnan Kopparembil will wake up as millionaire on Monday. The 33-year-old shipping coordinator has won a whopping Dh7 million in the Abu Dhabi Big Ticket Draw announced on March 5.

"I just went blank for a minute when I got the call from the Big Ticket. I still cannot believe it has happened," said an elated Krishnan, from the south Indian state of Kerala. He has been working in the UAE for the last nine years.

When asked about what he would do with all the money, he said "My first priority is to pay off my housing loans back in India. That is what my wife also wants me to do," said Krishnan who is married to Ashwathi. She works as an administrative assistant in a private firm.

The couple said they want to continue working in the UAE. "Why would I leave this country where we got lucky ?"

"I am a person who wants to stay grounded. I don't have any extraordinary plans as of now. I will let the excitement settle down and think it through," said Krishnan.

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