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Luxury watch purchase earns overseas Singaporean a one-in-six chance to be next Changi Millionaire

Press release   •   Nov 16, 2012 10:22 +08

SINGAPORE, 16 November 2012 – An overseas Singaporean residing in China has become the fifth finalist in Changi Airport’s 2012 ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ Draw.  Mr Sim Why Teck, a manager with Microsoft China, was about to depart for Hong Kong on a Jetstar Asia flight on 10 October when he made a detour at Gassan Watches to purchase a Tag Heuer watch worth about S$1,700 on behalf of a friend.  As a result of the purchase, the 49-year old now has a one-in-six chance to win S$1 million in cash.

“I was very surprised to receive the news from Changi Airport as the first email notification had landed in my junk mailbox.  Thankfully, the second notification email was routed to my inbox, otherwise I would have missed the opportunity to participate in the Grand Draw!” said Mr Sim.

A frequent flyer, Mr Sim has visited many airports around the world due to his overseas job assignments.  Having resided in China for the last eight years, Mr Sim has been taking monthly trips back to Singapore to visit his family. 

“As a Singaporean, I am naturally very proud of Changi Airport.  I have been working overseas for more than 10 years and travelled widely through the course of my work.  I have visited many airports and none of them can compare to Changi.  From thoughtful gestures such as napping corners, to entertainment zones and free trolleys, everything has been planned with the passenger in mind.   This is why I always believe that Changi Airport is the best place for passengers to get stuck in as there are so many activities to occupy our time.

“Shopping at Changi is very enjoyable.  I love the fact that there are so many stores!  Passengers are spoilt for choice and there is sometimes, not enough time to shop prior to the flight.  While I do not have a favourite store at Changi, a must-go for me will have to be the Perfumes & Cosmetics stores as my wife usually gives me a shopping list prior to each trip home every month,” added Mr Sim.

As the Sim family has not taken a vacation together for a long time, Mr Sim is planning a holiday to Europe if he wins the million dollar prize.  Cautious by nature, he feels that the best way to deal with the news is to be calm and continue with daily activities, although he has admitted to feeling more excited by the day as the date draws nearer to the Grand Draw.

Mr Sim joins three Grand Draw finalists from China and another from Singapore, with the sixth to be determined next month.  At the Grand Draw in January 2013, the six finalists will gather at Changi Airport for an exciting finale to determine which one of them will win the million-dollar grand prize.  Organised by Changi Airport Group, ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ has made two lucky shoppers at Changi Airport overnight millionaires since the promotion’s debut in 2010. 

During the six-month ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ promotion in 2012, which runs from 12 May to 11 November 2012, one finalist is drawn each month for participation in the Grand Draw.  Each finalist wins a cash prize of S$5,000 each , with return airfare to Singapore (for non-Singapore residents) plus a two-night hotel stay.  For more details of ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’, please visit www.changiairport.com/millionaire.

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 400 accolades since it opened in 1981. To serve passengers and visitors from the world over, there are 330 retail stores and 120 F&B outlets across the airport's three terminals.  Changi handled more than 46 million passenger movements in 2011, an annual record.  Today, it serves some 100 airlines flying to over 220 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide.  A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 100 seconds.