Changi Airport crowns fourth millionaire

Published on : Monday, January 20, 2014

Photo-2A 47-year-old Indonesian man won a million-dollar windfall at Changi Airport today, as he emerged the overall winner of Changi Airport Group’s (CAG) ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ 2013 Grand Draw. Mr Irvung Tio, a Jakarta-based businessman, who works in the waste management industry, bought his wife some cosmetics at Changi Airport in September last year – never expecting that his purchase would be his ticket to becoming S$1 million richer.


The ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ Draw at Changi Airport is Singapore’s biggest retail promotion, featuring the largest prize purse in a local retail promotion or by any airport in the world. The fourth run of CAG’s annual anchor promotion, which was open for entries from May to October 2013, culminated in a dramatic grand finale at Changi Airport this afternoon. Over the six-month period, one finalist was drawn each month for participation
in the Grand Draw.


From all over the world, the six lucky passengers returned today to Terminal 3, for an exciting face-off to determine who among them would leave Changi Airport S$1 million richer. On stage, the six finalists – two from Singapore, two from China, and one each from Russia and Indonesia – vied for the million-dollar jackpot in a heart-stopping game-show in front of a captivated live audience.


Hundreds of spectators gathered at the Terminal 3 Departure Hall to witness the excitement of the high-stakes game show. The audience – including friends and family
members of the finalists – watched with bated breath as the finalists went head-to-head
over four rounds of games that involved progressive elimination, in a bid to stake their claim on the grand prize.


The final round of the Grand Draw involved the last two remaining contestants, Mr Tio and Ms Thum Pei Xing, from Singapore. After a nail-biting round, Mr Tio emerged triumphant,
triggering a dramatic shower of confetti and fanfare, pronouncing him the overall winner.

Accompanied by his wife, daughter and son, who were all ecstatic over his win, Mr Tio said,
“I am very happy and my family is still in shock from the unbelievable moment. We came
here with the mentality of playing some games and having a fun family holiday and didn’t
want to focus too much about the outcome. In fact, at the last round, I thought the other
contestant would win. We cannot believe our luck!” said Mr Tio.


Asked what he would do with the money, Mr Tio said he would be prudent with his
winnings, and put a big part of the sum towards his retirement nest egg. “I will definitely
save it up for the future. Before that, the first thing we will do now is to have a celebratory
dinner at Changi Airport before we fly back to Jakarta tonight. I will also take a holiday with the family when the children have their break from school, and look at donating part of the winnings to charity.”


Frequent visitors of Singapore and Changi Airport, Mr Tio and his family made more than
five trips to Singapore in 2013. In September 2013, the Tios were on their way home after
one such holiday, when they shopped at Changi Airport. Before boarding his flight back to
Jakarta, he bought some of his favourite wine at the duty-free liquor store, before stopping
at his wife’s favourite shop, the Perfumes and Cosmetics store at the Terminal 2 Departure
Transit Mall. There, he bought S$667 worth of Shiseido skincare products for her, which
turned out to be his winning ticket to the million-dollar fortune.


A successful 2013 promotion


A very successful run of ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ 2013 contributed to another stellar year
on the retail front for CAG, which saw Changi Airport’s concession sales for 2013 growing
to a record high. The annual promotion, which has been held four times since its launch in
2010, has been gaining strong traction amongst Changi’s passengers. CAG received an
overwhelming response of 2.2 million lucky draw entries for ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ 2013,
about 2.5 times its inaugural run in 2010, which had registered 830,000 entries.


A diverse group of passengers from 210 countries across the world participated in the 2013 Draw. The top three nationality groups were Singaporeans, Chinese nationals and
Indonesians, with Singaporeans making up over 30% of the participants. More than
410,000 instant prizes1 representing an average of 2,300 prizes won every day.

Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of CAG said, “We are heartened to have
delivered a stellar year for Changi Airport on the retail front. A strong retail business
underpins our continual efforts to keep Changi Airport competitive, augmenting its status as an air hub. For 2013, we achieved record high concession sales, with a healthy growth
rate that outperformed passenger traffic growth for the period. This is the result of an
effective retail strategy comprising a compelling retail mix, as well as dynamic campaigns to drive sales and create buzz throughout the year. Our anchor promotion, ‘Be a Changi
Millionaire’, is part of our efforts to deliver an airport experience like none other for our
passengers, spurring them to rethink the concept of travel.”

More about ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’


Prior to Mr Tio, CAG had made three lucky shoppers at Changi Airport overnight millionaires since its launch. Past winners included former deejay Ivan Rantung (2010) and
business development director, Peh Hock Peng (2012), both from Singapore, as well as an
Australian engineer from Perth, Jessica Down (2011).

Apart from Mr Tio, the other finalists won S$5,000 in cash. They also received a three- night stay at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, with airfare provided for non-Singapore participants.

As a result of the positive response received, CAG will be running the fifth instalment of the ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ Draw in 2014. More details will be unveiled in the coming months.


Source:- Changi Airport


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