Doha International Airport Executive Vice-President Patrick Muller (centre) with the 1 million Dollar cheque, alongside Qatar Duty Free Senior Vice President Keith Hunter (left) and ARI Senior Consultant to Qatar Duty Free Alan Edwards

QATAR Qatar Duty Free has announced the winner of its latest US$1 million draw, creating its seventh instant millionaire since the raffle series began in 2006.

The draw was conducted at the retailer’s shopping area at Doha International Airport, with 46-year-old Doha resident Joseph Sangese from the US emerging as the lucky winner.

Sangese said: “This has come as a real shock. I have never won so much money before. This is a wonderful gift for me and my family.”

Married with four daughters, he plans to return to the US to spend more time with his family and invest in the university education of his eldest daughter. A contractor with General Electric in Doha since February last year, Sangese bought his lucky ticket in March before boarding a Qatar Airways flight to Bangkok.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “I offer my personal congratulations to Mr Sangese on buying the lucky ticket and becoming our seventh and newest Qatar Duty Free millionaire. To those who missed out, there’s always another chance to win next time.”

The US Dollar Millionaire raffle was launched in May 2006 giving passengers an opportunity to win the big prize as each draw is made after the 5,000 tickets are sold.

Departing and transiting passengers at Doha International Airport are able to purchase raffle tickets for US$263 or QAR950 each. Tickets can also be bought online by anyone from Qatar Duty Free’s website at

Qatar Duty Free operates within the Departures, Arrivals, VIP and the Premium Terminal of Doha International Airport. It also operates an outlet at Doha Port for a growing number of passengers arriving and departing the State of Qatar by sea.

The retailer posted double-digit growth year-on-year in its 2010/2011 financial year and is now the second largest duty free operator in the region.

In addition to the US1 million cash raffle, the company also holds popular luxury car draws, tickets for which can also be purchased online at

With the New Doha International Airport set to open in 2012, the Qatar Duty Free team is working on creating over 25,000sq m of what it pledges will be world-class retail space.