SINGAPORE, 18 November 2013 – A 47-year-old businessman from Indonesia is the latest lucky shopper at Changi Airport to qualify as a grand draw finalist of Changi Airport Group’s (CAG) ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ 2013 – the largest retail promotion in Singapore with a prize-purse of S$1 million.
In September, Mr Irvung Tio and his family were on their way back to Jakarta after a holiday in Singapore, when they shopped at Changi Airport. While waiting to board their flight at the Terminal 2 Departure Transit Mall, he made his usual purchase of wine, before hopping over to his wife’s favourite shop – the Perfumes and Cosmetics store. There, he bought S$667 worth of Shiseido skincare products for his wife – a purchase that has now clinched him a one-in-six chance to win a million dollars at the ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ grand draw, plus a holiday to Singapore.
“I was shocked and surprised when I received the news! I shop very frequently at Changi Airport but I never imagined that I could be so lucky as to get a chance to become a Changi Millionaire finalist”, said Mr Tio.
Frequent visitors of Singapore and Changi Airport, Mr Tio and his family have made more than five trips here over the past year, and are very familiar with the retail and dining offerings at Changi Airport. “We love shopping and dining at Changi. My favourite dining place is Peach Garden at Terminal 1”, said Mr Tio. “Shopping is very enjoyable here as there is a whole array of retail offerings, and more importantly, the prices are more competitive than other airports in Asia. My wife particularly loves buying cosmetics and skincare at the perfumes and cosmetics stores, and will typically buy something every time we travel through Changi Airport.”
With the emergence of Mr Tio as the fifth finalist for ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ 2013, there will only be one more finalist left to be determined – before the stage is set for the Grand Draw early next year. The four finalists previously announced hailed from Russia, Singapore and China. All six finalists will gather at Changi Airport early next year for the exciting grand finale, where one of them will be crowned the next Changi Millionaire.
Excited about the grand draw, Mr Tio has already rallied his family members to turn up during the draw to give him moral support. He has also given some thought to what he plans to do with his winnings, should he be lucky enough to win the million dollars. “If I do win, I plan to share my good fortune by helping people who are less fortunate, especially orphaned children who need a lot of love and financial assistance. I will also donate another part of the winnings to other charitable organisations. After that, I will probably have a small celebration with my family, but I will think of exactly how only if I win”, he said.
‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ 2013 is the fourth run of Changi Airport’s anchor promotion. Since its launch in 2010, three shoppers have been made overnight millionaires at Changi Airport. Past winners include two Singaporeans and an Australian.
During the six-month ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ promotion which runs from 1 May to 31 October 2013, a finalist will be drawn per month for participation in the Grand Draw. In addition to a chance to become a millionaire at the Grand Draw, each finalist wins a cash prize of S$5,000 each and a three-night stay in Singapore. For more details of ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’, please visit www.changiairport.com/millionaire.
 Five finalists will get S$5,000 while 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 (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) 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. CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.
Changi Airport (www.changiairport.com) is the world’s most awarded airport with more than 430 accolades received since it opened in 1981. To serve passengers and visitors from the world over, there are over 350 retail stores and 120 F&B outlets across the airport's three terminals. Changi handled more than 51 million passenger movements in 2012, an annual record. Today, it serves some 110 airlines flying to over 250 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide. A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 100 seconds.