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Big Wins from Abu Dhabi!
Big Ticket lottery raffle draw gives players worldwide the chance to become an overnight millionaire or the owners of a brand new luxury vehicle. Since a lot of players actually come from India I thought a Big Ticket review is no more than right to add!
Unlike many other lotteries, this international lotto is based out of the Abu Dhabi International Airport but tickets can also be purchased online.
The prizes are amazing as well, you can either play for cash prizes in the millions of UAE dirham or take your chances on winning any of the lottery vehicles offered.
This worldwide lottery has been offered since 1992 and is drawn once every month. Sadly the site is not available in Hindi or are prizes offered in rupees but since I’m guessing quite a few reading now are ex-pats in UAE, English and dirham should not be anything new to you.
Is Big Ticket secure to play at?
Unlike most online lotteries, I review here I am always very concerned with online gambling licenses. The Big Ticket lottery is an exception. Since it is originally a physical lottery that added an online purchase option later they do not need a gambling license.
The Abu Dhabi Big Ticket lottery is already sanctioned by the United Arab Emirate since it has permission to work out of the government airport.
Now when it comes to purchasing tickets online I would like to raise a small warning flag. The site is protected with SSL encryption but by Lets Encrypt.
Now, why am I using “but” when the site actually has SSL protection?
Well, simply because Lets Encrypt is a free SSL encryption certificate that anyone can get. It is not by any means the safest and there is a chance that hackers can get into the site.
Their protection is more suited for small blogs or any other site that doesn’t have that valuable data, unlike the lottery site site which probably has thousands and thousands of card numbers and personal details.
So finally is the Big Ticket raffle trusted? Yes and no. I would say if you can purchase tickets at the AD international airport is it is fine but avoid purchasing online because there is a chance that your card details can be stolen due to their use of free online protection.
Big Ticket welcome bonus
As this lotto is not primarily an online lottery there is no Big Ticket welcome bonus. There is a promotion running though that will give you three tickets to the price of two.
There are other options available though if you want to start your lottery adventure with a bonus.
When you purchase a Powerball ticket at Lottoland you get 1 free. There is a similar welcome offer available at Lotto247 where you can purchase any lotto entry you please and you get a free Powerball ticket.
There might be some seasonal promotional offers available but they are most likely only available when purchasing tickets at the airport.
How to withdraw & pay
At Big Ticket Abu Dhabi you don’t deposit or withdraw. You can only purchase tickets for the exact sum. If you were to become a Big Ticket winner you will get instructions on how to claim your prize from the lotto officials.
To be able to make Abu Dhabi Big Ticket online purchase you will need an account at their site.
To make an account all you need to is select the register button and follow the easy steps. You will need to authenticate both your phone number and your email to be able to purchase tickets.
Now it’s time to choose one of the many lotteries available. Just select the lottery with your preferred prize.
You can filter out certain raffle numbers that you prefer such as odd, even, by date of birth or previous winning numbers. There is also a maximum purchase of 10 tickets per transaction.
You can only by credit card, VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Once your purchase is complete you will get an e-mail confirmation with your receipt and tickets. You can also see your tickets in your account on their official website.
If you want to buy tickets at the airport, which I recommend, you can find sales stand at the following locations:
- Arrivals Hall, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Between Du and Travelex
- Departures Tunnel, Terminal 1, Abu Dhabi International Airport
- Duty-Free Departures, Terminal 1A, Abu Dhabi International Airport
- Duty-Free Arrivals, Terminal 1, Abu Dhabi International Airport
- Landside Area, Next to Relay, Terminal 2, Abu Dhabi International Airport
- Departures Duty-Free, Terminal 2, Abu Dhabi International Airport
- Arrivals Duty-Free, Terminal 2, Abu Dhabi International Airport
- Departures (Gate 28), Terminal 3, Abu Dhabi International Airport
- Al-Ain Airport Landside Area (Next to Relay)
- Al-Ain Airport Departures Duty-free
Lotto Games at Big Ticket
At Big Ticket, there are several great lottery games available that offer different prizes but as mentioned in the introduction there are two different prize categories and each lottery will only have one, money or luxury vehicles.
Ticket prices differ and depend on which lottery you choose. The ticket price of the cash lotto is AED 500 and the Dream Car lottery tickets cost 150 AED each.
For the cash prize lottery, the payouts are constantly updated and increasing. What started out as a lottery with a jackpot of 1 million is now AED 20 million!
The current payouts are as follows:
|Jackpot||20 Millions AED|
|2nd Prize||100 000 AED|
|3rd Prize||50 000 AED|
|4th Prize||30 000 AED|
Now if you are more interested in winning a luxury vehicle I can tell you there have been loads to choose from in the past. Some of the previous cars that have been given away are:
- Jeep Cherokee
- BMW Cab 10 Series
- Land Rover
- Ford Mustang
All the cars are of course of the latest model fully equipped with all the luxurious you can imagine.
The Big Ticket live draw takes place the first week each month and the draw is monthly no matter how many tickets are sold. The Dream Car draw on the other hand doesn’t take place until all the tickets for the car have been sold.
Loyalty program & campaigns
As most people buy their tickets on their way to and from Abu Dhabi airport there is no Big Ticket loyalty program.
For me, it is important to be rewarded for playing so I actually only play on sites that have VIP programs. One of the sites I frequent with a great loyalty program is TheLotter. You will get awarded for each rupee spent and can get upgraded and receive more and more perks. On top of that, you get access to tons of exclusive promotions.
Review of mobile version
There is no official Big Ticket lottery app but they do have a mobile-optimized website. Or to call it optimized is a bit of an exaggeration, it works on your cellphone but it isn’t great.
All the same products are available but I find that some times it can be quite hard to navigate. Buttons that are far apart on the desktop site appear close to each other on the mobile site which leads you to accidentally clicking things you didn’t intend to.
It’s nothing fatal but still it can be quite annoying. All in all the mobile site is decent and can be used no matter if you have an iPhone, Android, iPad or any other tablet or mobile.
Most of the highest-ranking online lotteries in India offer an app though.
There are two ways to get ahold of the Big Ticket customer support. Either through their hotline which is +971 2 2019244, calling from India may include extra charges.
You can also contact the support through e-mail at email@example.com. Responses are fairly fast and you can reach them through e-mail 24/7. There is no information on when the phone line is open but I have tried during office hours in the United Arab Emirates and am able to reach it sometimes.
The customer support does not speak Hindi officially but there is a chance that there is an Indian ex-pat working that can help you in Hindi.
When it comes to responsible gaming Big Ticket offers no such guidelines. Less serious lotteries often do not have responsible gaming guidelines and for that simple reason, I have written a guide myself.
If you are wondering how to play safely feel free to check out my article on responsible gaming here at Online Lotteries.
Our 5 Cents Why to Play at Big Ticket
There are several positive aspects to this lotto but the only thing that bothers me is that there are so many better options for online lotteries. I am going to put it this way. If you are at Abu Dhabi Airport take the chance to buy lotto entries!
But if you just want to play a safe and trusted online lotto, take a look at any of the lottery reviews available here. I’ll post my three favourites just below.
Yet this a lottery review and as such, I want to leave you with the five things that I think are good about this lottery!
- Cool prizes in the form of cars
- Easy to buy tickets at the airport
- Big winners monthly
- 3 tickets for the price of 2
- Popular in India
So there you have it! Now you know everything you need to know on how to play this lotto from India or preferably from Abu Dhabi!