A Filipino nurse won 100,000 dirhams (US$27,229) in cash by spinning the Million Dirham Wheel campaign during the Dubai Shopping Festival.

Angela Mortos, a nurse who moved to the UAE five years ago, entered the raffle by spending a total of 2,000 dirhams on several visits to City Centre Mirdif during the Dubai Shopping Festival, Gulf News reported.

Mortos became eligible to join the Million Dirham Wheel campaign where she won the 100,000 dirhams jackpot, which is equivalent to 1.4 million pesos. Mortos said although she did not win a million dirhams, she became an instant millionaire in her home country.

“I couldn’t believe it at first, but when it sunk in, I was happy and overwhelmed all at once,” Mortos said.

The Filipina nurse said she will give a portion of the prize money to a janitor in the building she lives in. She said she wants to be a blessing to the man who greets her every morning. She also wants to use a part of the money to fix her her deceased parents’ resting place back in the Philippines.

“They died about 10 years ago and their graves need attention. So, this is definitely something the money will go towards,” she said.


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