Final Changi Millionaire Finalist a Singaporean

Press Release  •  Jan 03, 2012 12:28 SGT

SINGAPORE, 3 January 2012 – All seven monthly finalists of the ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ Draw in 2011 have been drawn, with the last finalist being a 38-year-old Singaporean.  On 12 February, they will gather together at Changi Airport for a final showdown, which will see the luckiest among them walking away with a million-dollar in cash fortune.

The lucky Singaporean picked as the finalist for November 2011, the last month of the promotion, is Mr Lim Sua Chwee.  Mr Lim was ecstatic when he was notified of the win, and could not believe his luck. “It feels like I am just a step away from striking the lottery. It’s superb and dream-like!” said Mr Lim, who works as a driver.

Being a liquor collector, Mr Lim enjoys purchasing quality liquor items to add to his collection whenever he travels.  A holiday to Hong Kong in November was no exception.  He spent over S$200 at the Liquor & Tobacco store at Terminal 2 on items including a bottle of Martini Dry Liquor and Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac.  Should Mr Lim win the grand prize, he plans to share the fortune with his family, donate a portion to charity and seek professional advice on how to manage the rest wisely. 

Besides coming to the airport when he is travelling, Mr Lim is also a frequent visitor of Changi Airport’s public areas.  The father of three comes to the airport with his family to shop and dine, as well as stock up on groceries.  Describing Changi Airport as a destination which provides a world-class retail environment, he said “It feels very warm and comfortable whenever I step into the retail stores at Changi, and there is an unexpectedly wide variety of retail options available here.”

For the month of November 2011, four lucky shoppers were also picked as the weekly winners of S$1,000 each.  Winning purchases ranged from S$80 to over S$1,500 worth of perfumes and cosmetics, as well as duty free products. 

Grand Draw in February 2012

The drawing of the last finalist for the month of November wrapped up the 30-week long ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ campaign in 2011, which was part of Changi Airport’s 30th anniversary celebrations.  The Draw, which kicked off in May 2011, was the second run of the popular shopping promotion which made its debut in 2010. 

On 12 February, the seven monthly finalists will vie for the grand prize of a million dollars in cash in an exciting Grand Draw, which will see one of them being crowned the Changi Millionaire.  Apart from the chance to win S$1 million, the monthly finalists (other than the grand winner) will get S$5,000 in cash each, plus a three day/ two night stay in a luxury hotel in Singapore, with airfare provided for non-Singapore residents. 

Including Mr Lim, three out of the seven finalists of the Grand Draw are Singaporeans.  The remaining four finalists are Filipino, Thai, Australian and Dutch. 

The monthly winners of the promotion from May to November 2011 are:

 1.   Ms Lira Wilson, 43, Australian-based Filipina (May)

Ms Wilson, an instrument technician, was transiting at Changi Airport en route to her holiday destination, Istanbul, when she bought a S$2,000 Salvatore Ferragamo bag at The Fashion Gallery store at Terminal 2.

2.   Mr Teo Teck Seng, 39, Singaporean (June)

The loving husband was shopping with his family at Changi when he bought his wife a pair of diamond earrings worth S$300 at the SK Jewellery store at Terminal 3.

3.   Ms Toh Min Keow, 34, Singaporean (July)

The expecting mother bought duty free items costing S$100 for her husband at the Liquor and Tobacco store at Terminal 1 before her flight to Tianjin, China.  Ms Toh resides in Tianjin as her husband works there.

4.   Ms Korrawan Wangsathaporn, 51, Thai (August)

The entrepreneur and mother of four was in Singapore for the first time in August. Before her flight back home, she purchased some perfume and cosmetic products worth over S$200 from the Perfumes & Cosmetics store at Terminal 1.

5.   Ms Jessica Down, 26, Australian (September)

The young engineer was in Singapore for a business trip. Before her flight home, she bought products worth over S$180 for her younger sister and herself at the Perfumes & Cosmetics store at Terminal 1. 

6.   Mr Mohamed Reda Akdim, 35, Dutch (October)

The director was in Singapore for a business trip and before his flight back to Holland, he bought a S$9,000 Omega watch at the Gassan Watches store at Terminal 1.

7.   Mr Lim Sua Chwee, 38, Singapore (November)

The father of three and a liquor collector bought more than $200 worth of   liquor, including a bottle of Martini Dry Liquor and Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac, at the Liquor & Tobacco store at Terminal 2.

During the 30 weeks of the ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ promotion, a weekly prize of S$1,000 was also given to one lucky winner every week.  About 60% of the 30 weekly winners are Singaporeans, while the rest hail from Indonesia, China and India. Singaporeans contribute about 20% to concession sales at Changi Airport.

About Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport followed on 1 July 2009.  As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services.  Through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, the Group invests in and manages foreign airports to spread the success of Changi Airport internationally.

Changi Airport (www.changiairport.com) is the world’s most awarded airport having garnered more than 390 accolades since it opened in 1981.  To serve passengers and visitors from the world over, there are 290 retail stores and 130 F&B outlets across the airport's four terminals.  Changi handled more than 42 million passenger movements in 2010, an annual record.  Today, it serves some 100 airlines flying to over 210 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide.  A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 100 seconds.

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