Big Ticket is a monthly raffle draw for cash prizes and luxury cars in Abu Dhabi. Big Ticket started in 1992 with a monthly draw of Dh1 million cash prize. It is now offering its highest prize yet of Dh20 million cash. There is also a draw for dream cars such as Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Corvette, Ford Mustang and Mini-Cooper. For the January draw date, the cars on offer are a BMW and a Land Rover.
The live draw is usually held at the arrival lobby of Terminal 1 at the Abu Dhabi International Airport every first week of the month. The raffle is conducted by Richard, an Englishman who arrived in Dubai in 1999. Richard started his career in the UAE as a store manager at a department store chain. In 2005, Richard joined Abu Dhabi Duty-Free as a retail manager and has been conducting the Big Ticket raffle since 2006. In a recent interview with Khaleej Times, Richard stated that even after 12 years, he still gets nervous on the day of the raffle.
The live draw is approximately two-hours-long and a total of 10 raffle tickets are selected, beginning with the smaller prizes of Dh10,000 leading up to the grand prize.
For each draw, Richard spins the raffle barrel and randomly selects a few tickets. Then he asks one of the audience members to pick the winning ticket. He proceeds to open the ticket and declares the winner. Once the winner is declared, the details are uploaded on the Big Ticket’s official website in real time.
How to view?
You may either visit the Abu Dhabi airport or visit the Big Ticket Abu Dhabi official Facebook page to watch a live stream.
Where can I purchase a Big Ticket raffle?
Tickets can be purchased online or at the following locations, which are open 24×7:
Arrivals Hall, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Between Du and Travelex
Terminal 1 Departures Tunnel, Abu Dhabi International Airport
Terminal 1A Departures Duty-Free, Abu Dhabi International Airport
Terminal 1 Arrivals Duty-Free, Abu Dhabi International Airport
Terminal 2 Landside Area (Next to Relay, Abu Dhabi International Airport
Terminal 2 Departures Duty-Free, Abu Dhabi International Airport
Terminal 2 Arrivals Duty-Free, Abu Dhabi International Airport
Terminal 3 Departures (Gate 28), Abu Dhabi International Airport
Al-Ain Airport Landside Area (Next to Relay)
Al-Ain Airport Departures Duty-free
How much does one raffle ticket cost?
Big Ticket offers a cash prize raffle draw as well as Dream Car tickets. Tickets for the cash prize are Dh500 each. If you buy two tickets, you get one free (this will be loaded automatically in the system when purchasing online).
Note that the free ticket is only available to those who purchase two tickets in a single transaction. Single-ticket purchases in two different transactions will not be granted the free ticket.
The dream car tickets are sold for Dh150 each.
The promotion runs from the first day of the month until 11.59 pm on the last day of the month.
Big Ticket will only offer a refund should there be a technical issue upon a web purchase before the draw date. Refund requests that take place after the draw will not be entertained.