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Changi Millionaire Grand Draw – The Winner is…

Changi Millionaire Grand Draw – The Winner is…

Yesterday, I attended the Changi Millionaire Grand Draw event at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3. You can view all the photos I took at the event HERE.

By simply shopping at Singapore Changi Airport, one of five lucky finalists became an instant millionaire after the draw.

The five finalists this year

The five finalists this year

This grand draw is the biggest retail draw in Singapore, featuring the largest cash prize ever given in a local retail promotion or by any airport in the world.

You can find out more about the Grand Draw event HERE and more information on the “Be A Changi Millionaire” promotion via the official website.

The five finalists were put through a series of four games on stage with hosts, Daniel Ong and Lin Peifen.

Show hosts, Daniel Ong and Lin Peifen

Show hosts, Daniel Ong and Lin Peifen

A large crowd came to watch the show at Changi Airport Terminal 3

A large crowd came to watch the show at Changi Airport Terminal 3

Meet the finalists

Meet the finalists

The games all depended on individual luck to win, keeping everyone in suspense as we watch the finalists get eliminated one by one:

– 1st round: Dress up mannequins

The dressing up of mannequins round

The dressing up of mannequins round

The two male finalists are obviously not so good at this

The two male finalists are obviously not so good at this

Audience enjoying themselves

Audience enjoying themselves

– 2nd round: 10 dancers wearing top hats – choose the lucky top hat (with a symbol inside)

Changi millionaire dancers

Changi millionaire dancers

Which one of them would have stars under their top hats?

Which of them would have stars under their top hats?

This one has a star!

This one has a star!

No star

No star

How about this dancer?

How about this dancer?

Better luck for the next guess

Better luck for the next guess

– 3rd round: Life-sized tower blocks – pick the lucky block (with a symbol inside)

The tower block round

The tower block round

The hosts keeping everyone in suspense

The hosts keeping everyone in suspense

The audience enjoying the show

The audience enjoying the show

All eyes are glued to the stage

All eyes are glued to the stage

– 4th round: Spin the wheel for a numbered key to open the door of the same number (6 doors altogether, one is the winning door)

Spin the wheel round

Spin the wheel round

A sizeable crowd came down to catch the show, with many audience members, including friends and family members of the finalists, cheering heartily for the respective finalist they supported. There were many nail-biting moments as the finalists took turn performing their assigned elimination tasks.

Among the five finalists present, there were two Singaporeans, an Australian and two China Chinese. Three were females (the foreigners) and two were males (the Singaporeans).

I was rooting for a Singaporean to win. The winner in the first year was a Singaporean while an Australian won last year. Maybe  this year, Lady Luck will be smiling at a Singaporean again?

Who was crowned the Changi Millionaire in the end?

Not the only Caucasian in the group.

Not her.

Not her.

Not the two ladies who haul from the world most populous country.

Or her.

Or her.

Not her too.

Not her too.

Not the older Singaporean uncle who pledged to give 10 percent of the prize winning to charity if he wins.

Not him.

Not him.

Which leaves….

Mr Peh Hock Peng!

The third Changi Millionaire, fellow Singaporean, Peh Hock Peng

The third Changi Millionaire, fellow Singaporean, Peh Hock Peng

Cheque presentation to Mr Peh and his family

Cheque presentation to Mr Peh and his family

Envious!!!!

Envious!!!!

The 45-year old business development director emerged the overall winner of the ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ 2012 Grand Draw, walking away with the grand prize of S$1 million in cash. Mr Peh Hock Peng, who works at an intellectual property firm in Singapore, shopped at Changi Airport in August last year, before departing on a business trip to India.

He never expected himself to win a million dollar just like this.

After four rounds of games, the five finalists were eliminated down to two – Mr Peh and Ms Sun Ming from China. In the final and deciding round of the Grand Draw, Mr Peh drew the correct key to the winning door, triggering a dramatic shower of confetti and fanfare, declaring him the winner of the million dollars on the spot:

Mr Peh spun the number 1 on his first try, right after Ms Sun had spun

Mr Peh spun the number 1 on his first try, right after Ms Sun had spun

A confused Mr Peh wondering if he had really won

A confused Mr Peh wondering if he had really won

Instant millionaire, Mr Peh Hock Peng from Singapore!

Congratulations to instant millionaire, Mr Peh Hock Peng from Singapore!

Mr Peh's supporters go crazy offstage

Mr Peh’s supporters go crazy offstage

Jumping for joy

Jumping for joy

Look at how happy there are!

Look at how happy there are!

Confetti everywhere

Confetti everywhere

Mr Peh's wife and two sons joined him on stage

Mr Peh’s wife and two sons joined him on stage

A very happy family

A very happy family

When Mr Peh picked the correct door to win the top prize, his family members went wild offstage:

I have rarely seen people so genuinely happy before. The Peh family will be having a very wonderful and prosperous Chinese New Year this year. They must love Changi Airport for life from this moment on!

Mr Peh’s immediate plans on spending his money mirrors that of most average Singaporean – to upgrade his current living.

“I will upgrade my family to a better property, as my current home is not in as ideal a location as I would like. I will also get a new car, as my existing car is very old. But first, I’m going for a big dinner celebration tonight, with my family – my lucky charm!” Said an elated Mr Peh after the event.

Mr Peh getting bombarded by the media after the event

Mr Peh getting bombarded by the media after the event

Mr Peh turned up for the Grand Draw event with an entourage of supporters including his wife, his two sons aged 12 and nine, mother-in-law and sister. The minute the lucky man opened the winning door to the million-dollar windfall, he was joined on stage by his family members, who were all ecstatic beyond words about his new-found fortune.

Mr Peh presenting S$500 Changi dollars to a lucky audience who correctly picked Mr Peh as the winner before the show

Mr Peh presenting S$500 Changi dollars to a lucky audience who correctly picked Mr Peh as the winner before the show

A frequent traveller, Mr Peh flew through Changi Airport about 20 times in the past year, mostly for work. In August 2012, before catching his flight to Chennai for business, he bought over S$200 worth of cosmetics for his wife at the Perfumes and Cosmetics store at Terminal 2’s Departure Transit Mall. This purchase turned out to be the winning ticket to his million-dollar windfall.

The other finalists of ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ 2012 Grand Draw take home S$5,000 in cash. In addition, they received a three-night stay at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel, with airfare provided for non-Singapore residents.

The ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ Draw is the most popular retail promotion ever held at Changi Airport. For ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ 2012, Changi Airport Group received an overwhelming response of 2.1 million lucky draw entries over the six-month promotion period, 2.5 times its inaugural run in 2010, which had registered 830,000 entries. The top three nationality groups which participated in the 2012 Draw are Singaporeans, Chinese nationals and Indonesians.

For me, the event so overwhelmed me that I stayed back for a while to play with the fake prop money on stage to get a sense of the euphoria Mr Peh must have felt a few minutes ago.

Me daydreaming on stage about what I would do if I was Mr Peh

Me daydreaming on stage about what I would do if I was Mr Peh

Money money money...

Money money money…

If I won a million dollars, what would I have done with the prize money?

By the way, as mentioned in my previous blog post, there are fun activities, food and drink catered for the public who came to support the event. This way, everyone leaves the event happy and full:

Free buffet spread for everyone who attended the event

Free buffet spread for everyone who attended the event

Group photo featuring the Changi Millionaire girls

Group photo featuring the Changi Millionaire girls

Public enjoying the free buffet spread and various games and activities

Public enjoying the free buffet spread and various games and activities

I left the event vowing to myself I want to be on that stage too next year. I must remember to shop at Changi Airport when the next Changi Millionaire starts!

Till the next Changi Millionaire contest in 2014, do continue shopping at Singapore Changi Airport! 🙂

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alvinology

Alvin is a marketer by day and blogger by night. He is a 100% geek who spends too much time surfing the web.

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