First overseas holiday with wife gives 53-year old police officer one-in-six chance to become the Changi Millionaire
An Australian from the State of Victoria, on his first overseas holiday with his wife, has become the first monthly winner of the ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ Draw after purchasing two bottles of perfume at Singapore Changi Airport.
Mr Philip Moody, 53, from Cape Paterson, a two-hour drive from Melbourne, wins S$5,000 in cash plus return airfare to Singapore with a three day/two night stay in a luxurious hotel1 as the June winner of the monthly Draw. The veteran police officer now has a one-in-six chance of becoming the Changi Millionaire.
The ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ Draw, which kicked off on 1 June 2010, offers a Grand Prize of S$1 million in cash. This is possibly the largest cash prize ever to be given away in a retail draw in Singapore or by an airport anywhere in the world. The Millionaire will be selected from among six monthly winners. In addition, there are 188 other cash prizes totalling more than S$200,000.
“This can’t be true, I’m not that lucky. I really thought it was some kind of a practical joke,” said Mr Moody, when he was told that his name had been drawn as the Draw winner for the month of June. “My wife and I talked about it on our flight home, but I never really thought I would be picked out of all the people I imagine took part!” he added.
1 Five finalists will receive S$5,000 each, while the remaining one wins the Grand Prize of S$1 million
In May, Mr Moody and his wife embarked on the most exciting vacation of their lives – setting foot outside of Australia together for the first time. The couple spent one month in Europe exploring the beautiful sights of Ireland, England and Paris. On their way back to Australia, they stopped over in Singapore for a short trip.
Before boarding their Singapore Airlines flight back to Melbourne on 13 June, Mr Moody bought fragrances for his wife and daughter at the Perfumes and Cosmetics store at Changi’s Terminal 3. Worth about S$200, the purchase has turned out to be the winning lucky draw entry tagged with the incredible chance to win a million dollars for Mr Moody.
Describing it as “the first experience as exciting as this” in his life, Mr Moody said, “Any win like this can only be special. It’s the type of chance that only comes once in a lifetime. S$5,000 and a trip back to your beautiful country, Singapore, is a fantastic prize in itself but the chance of winning S$1 million is beyond my wildest dreams.” The couple, who have three children, celebrated the good news with a quiet drink at home.
Come January 2011, Mr Moody will be travelling to Singapore for the ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ Grand Draw alongside five other monthly finalists, whose names will be drawn upon the close of every month from July to November 2010. “My wife will come with me; she is my lucky charm. I’ll just cross my fingers and hope my good luck will continue,” he said. Should he be so lucky as to win the S$1 million Grand Prize, Mr Moody will be setting aside some of the money to fulfil his dreams to see more of the world, especially Asian countries such as China, Japan and Singapore, as well as pay off some loans, and share it with his children.
Australia is among Changi Airport’s top five markets by passenger numbers, with almost four million passengers from the country arriving and departing last year. Changi is connected to seven cities in Australia, namely Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Seven airlines at Changi – Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Jetstar, Emirates, British Airways, Tiger Airways and Etihad Airways – operate almost 450 weekly flights to and from Australia.
Thirty daily winners
Winning entries ranged from a purchase of just S$88 at the Terminal 3 duty-free store to a S$4,900 transaction at the DFS Watches outlet at Terminal 2.
Source = Changi Airport Group