Meet Wissam: The Lebanese man who became an overnight millionaire

17 June 2021, Dubai, UAE: Lebanese expat Wissam hit it big and won the AED 1 million second prize in the 29th weekly live Mahzooz draw. The lucky winner matched five out of six numbers making him the 10th new millionaire made by Mahzooz in 2021. Wissam has also become the third Lebanese millionaire this year after his fellow citizens Abu Ali and Bassem won AED 1 million each in the 10th and 21st draws respectively.

Wissam, who lives in Dubai with his wife and two kids, has been a long-time participant of Mahzooz.

“I’ve been participating in the draw for a long time, and I’ve won 35 dirhams many times,” said the 38-year-old. “When I got the email from Mahzooz and went to check my winnings on Saturday, I was expecting another 35 dirhams. When I saw it was a million, I was shocked. I started screaming to my wife that we won, and I couldn’t sleep that whole night.”

A devout family man, Wissam knows that these winnings will go a long way for his kids.

“This money will make a huge difference for us,” said Wissam. “I am much more comfortable now when I think about my kids’ future knowing that we’ll be able to take care of their education, and provide them with everything they need in life.”

A Dubai resident since 2014, Wissam hails from Tripoli in North Lebanon and remains keenly aware of what’s going on in his homeland.

“Lebanon is in my heart. My thoughts are with my family and my fellow Lebanese everyday. As you know, Lebanon is going through a very tough time right now and needs all of our help,” said Wissam. “I’ve already been sending money back home to support my community but now, I’ll be able to send much bigger amounts and help many more people. The most fulfilling thing to me is sharing with others and changing people’s lives for the better.” Wissam knows he’s a lucky man and has a clear message for other participants.

“Believe in Mahzooz. I’m just a regular person who participates every week - if it could happen to me, it could happen to anyone,” concluded Wissam.

For those who missed out on last week’s live draw, entrants can participate in Mahzooz by registering via and purchasing a bottle of water. Each bottle of water purchased (for AED 35) provides eligibility for one line in the draw and the donation is channelled through Mahzooz’s community partners to hydrate those in need.

The next draw will be held as scheduled on Saturday 19 June 2021 at 9:00pm UAE time. Mahzooz is inclusive to all who are eligible.