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Sixth Changi Millionaire finalist hails from Holland

Press Release   •   Nov 30, 2011 11:45 SGT

SINGAPORE, 30 November 2011 – If Dutchman Dr Mohamed Reda Akdim was dreaming about a million dollar fortune in his sleep, he’s one step nearer to fulfilling his dream.  His purchase of an Omega watch at Changi Airport has made him the October finalist for the ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ shopping promotion.  The 35-year-old Dutch director was asleep when a Changi Airport Group representative called to inform him of his win and that he now has an incredible one-in-seven chance of winning the grand prize of a million dollars cash.

Last month, Dr Akdim was in Singapore for a business trip.  On 6 October, before flying back home to the Netherlands, he shopped at Changi Airport Terminal 1’s Gassan Watches store.  A $9,000 Omega watch caught his eye and he decided to purchase it as a personal treat.  This unplanned purchase has now become a ticket to a possible million dollar fortune.  When contacted, Dr Akdim was unable to believe his stroke of good luck.  “It seems too good to be true!” he exclaimed.  

Dr Akdim is conservative about his chance of being the next Changi Millionaire.  He said, “I have no clue if I could win the Grand Draw.  But if the win is meant to come, it comes.”  However, Dr Akdim already has a plan to buy a house if he wins the money.

In February next year, Dr Akdim will join Singaporeans Ms Toh Min Keow and Mr Teo Teck Seng, Australia-based Filipina Ms Lira Wilson, Thai entrepreneur Ms Wangsathaporn, Australian Ms Jessica Down and one last finalist at the Grand Draw to vie for the grand prize of a million dollars.  The event will be held at Changi Airport.  As finalists for the Millionaire draw, they will each win S$5,000 in cash plus return airfare to Singapore (for non-residents) with a three day/two night stay in a luxurious hotel. 

In addition to the monthly winner, four other lucky shoppers – from Singapore, Indonesia, India and China – were also picked as the weekly winners in October, winning for themselves S$1,000 each.  Winning purchases included a S$90 bottle of fragrance and over S$600 worth of perfumes and cosmetics from the Nuance Watson stores located in the Departure Transit Lounge of Terminals 1 and 3. 

More details on the ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ Draw, can be found at www.changiairport.com/millionaire.

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 380 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.