The stage is set for the crowning of the first ever Changi Millionaire. Coincidentally, the six finalists are all men, married with children, even though the profile of shoppers at Changi Airport is evenly divided between the two genders.
The six gentlemen, aged between 38 and 53, will face off in a grand finale at Changi Airport on 28 January 2011 that will see one of them walk away with a cool million dollars.
For Mr Malvin Tay, 38, the November monthly winner of the ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ Draw, a routine trip to a supermarket at Changi Airport could turn out to be the luckiest break of his life. On 28 November 2010, the father of two went about his regular grocery shopping at the NTUC FairPrice supermarket at Terminal 3, purchasing several household items including toothpaste, soy sauce, apples and candies.
This casual purchase of slightly over $60 – the minimum spend to qualify for the Draw – produced the lucky receipt that has made Mr Tay the sixth monthly winner and the last finalist of the Grand Draw. As a monthly winner, he wins S$5,000 in cash plus a three day/two night stay in a luxurious hotel1 and a one-in-six chance of winning the grand prize of S$1 million in cash.
Mr Tay, who runs his own air conditioning business, is the only finalist to have made a purchase in the public area of Changi Airport. He has been a regular visitor of Changi Airport since Terminal 3 opened in early 2008. “Over the past couple of years, I have been visiting Changi Airport every few days and at least once a week with my family. We usually have dinner at the airport, followed by some grocery shopping. Compared to downtown or suburban malls, parking at Changi Airport is very convenient and car park rates here are also reasonable. To top it off, my boys really enjoy the playground and recreational facilities,” said Mr Tay.
The ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ Draw, which kicked off at Changi Airport on 1 June 2010, has a grand prize of S$1 million – 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 the six monthly winners, whose names were drawn upon the close of every month from June to November 2010. Besides the grand prize, there are 188 other cash prizes totalling more than S$200,000.
Should he win the grand prize of a million dollars, Mr Tay plans to donate a portion of his win to charity, pay off his housing loan, help out friends in need, and save the remainder for his children’s education. The emergence of Mr Tay as the last monthly winner wraps up the six-month long ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ campaign. Standing between him and a possible fortune are three other Singaporeans, an Australian and a South African.
The monthly winners of the Draw from June to November 2010 are:
1. Mr Philip Moody, 53, Australian (June)
The police officer and father of three bought fragrances worth about S$200 for his wife and daughter at the Perfumes and Cosmetics store at Terminal 3.
2. Mr Jacobus de Vries, 51, South African (July)
The businessman and father of five purchased a PlayStation Portable game console and a VCD player for his children costing about S$400 in total from the Cameras, Electronics and Computers store at Terminal 2.
3. Mr Loh Kee Peng, 39, Singaporean (August)
The sales manager and father of one purchased a S$5,000 platinum diamond ring for his wife as a wedding anniversary gift from Tiffany & Co at Terminal 2.
4. Mr Ng Eng Sin, 43, Singaporean (September)
The business development manager and father of two purchased two Lego toy sets for his sons costing about S$130 at KidzTime! at Terminal 3.
5. Mr Ivan Rantung, 39, Singaporean (October)
The ex-deejay and father of two purchased a Canon DSLR camera for about S$4,900 at the Digital Imaging store by Sprint Caas at Terminal 2.
6. Mr Malvin Tay, 38, Singaporean (November)
The businessman and father of two spent just over S$60 at NTUC FairPrice at Terminal 3 on household items and groceries including toothpaste, soy sauce, candies and apples.
Singaporeans biggest winners of the Millionaire promotion
Singaporeans contribute a significant 20% to total concession sales at Changi Airport. Besides accounting for four of the six Draw finalists, they also feature prominently among the daily winners (30%), with each winning S$1,000. Indonesians and Malaysians were the other top nationalities in the daily winners’ list. The three most popular product categories among the winners are perfumes & cosmetics, digital lifestyle and luxury goods.
Of the 31 daily winners drawn for November, eight are from Singapore, six from Indonesia, four from Australia and two from Thailand. Other winners come from China, India, Malaysia, Japan, Britain, Brunei, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Netherlands. Winning entries range from a purchase of S$126 on perfumes & cosmetics to a jewellery purchase of more than S$27,000 at Aspial, both at Terminal 1.
Public invited to Grand Draw
Members of the public are welcomed to be part of the exciting Millionaire Grand Draw to be held on 28 January 2011 at 12.30 pm at the Departure Level of Terminal 3 (Check-in Row 11), where they can experience the thrill of witnessing the six finalists go through heart-stopping rounds of elimination and of course, the ultimate moment of drama when the first Changi Millionaire is finally decided.
As part of the fun at the event, there will be a “Guess the Millionaire” contest with a prize of S$1,000 in Changi Vouchers for the lucky winner from among those who correctly pick the Millionaire. A similar contest, with the same prize, will also be held online at www.changiairport.com/millionaire from today.
1 Five finalists will receive S$5,000 each, while the remaining one wins the Grand Prize of S$1 million.
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 360 accolades since it opened in 1981. It is also one of the world’s busiest airports for international traffic, managing more than 42 million passenger movements in 2010, an annual record. The airport, which has four terminals, serves some 100 airlines flying to over 200 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide. A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every two minutes.