Qatar Duty Free Announces Newest Millionaire Raffle Winner

- New Yorker Becomes Eighth Millionaire In Highly Popular Draw-

Dec 07, 2011, 09:14 ET from Qatar Airways

DOHA, Qatar, Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Qatar Duty Free, a subsidiary of Qatar Airways, has announced the winner of its latest US$1 million raffle draw.

New York-based John Gellert emerged as the lucky winner when his name was chosen in the highly popular draw at Doha International Airport ahead of the festive season.

Upon hearing the news, an elated Mr. Gellert said the timing could not have been better as he was soon to become a father for the first time. 

"I was pleasantly surprised by the news as I never thought that I would win," said Mr. Gellert, who obtained his winning ticket during a rushed trip back to New York from Dubai to celebrate his father's 80th birthday.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker offered his congratulations to Mr. Gellert, saying this was the second American to win the instant dollar millionaire prize this year.

"On behalf of Qatar Duty Free, congratulations go out to Mr. Gellert for his wonderful win coming at a time of joy and celebration for him and his family."

The US Dollar Millionaire raffle was launched in May 2006 giving passengers a great opportunity to win the bumper prize.

Departing and transiting passengers at Doha International Airport are able to obtain raffle tickets at the airport or online from Qatar Duty Free's website at

Furthermore, for a limited time only, US passengers booking their next flight at will receive a 15 % off voucher to use at Qatar Duty Free. 

In addition to the highly successful US$1 million cash raffle, the company also holds popular luxury car draws, tickets for which can also be obtained online at

About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways is one of the world's fastest growing airlines, and was recently named "Airline of the Year" at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards 2011 for its outstanding inflight product and operational excellence. The Doha-based airline currently operates a modern fleet of 102 aircraft to over 100 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. In the United States, Qatar Airways offers non-stop service to Doha from Houston, New York, and Washington. For more information, visit or call +1-877-777-2827.

About Qatar Duty Free
Qatar Duty Free is a subsidiary of Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, and operates within the departures, arrivals, VIP lounge and the Premium Terminal of Doha International Airport. Qatar Duty Free is one of the Middle East's outstanding success stories in recent years, investing more than US$1 million in refurbishing the existing retail facilities within the departures and arrivals area. For more information,


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