It was a million dollar dream come true for Jakarta-based Ade Iskandar Roni as he beat seven other finalists to emerge as the Grand Draw winner of the 2016 ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ shopping promotion held this afternoon at Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 3, walking away with a cool S$1 million in cash.
All it took to land Ade Iskandar his million-dollar windfall was an adidas t-shirt that cost S$50 – the lowest-priced purchase among the eight finalists, and also the minimum spend required to participate in the Millionaire Draw. Ade Iskandar, a procurement personnel in a telecommunications company, had bought the t-shirt as a gift for a friend on his first trip through Changi Airport in October 2016, when he was visiting Singapore for the first time with his best friend.
It was a tightly-contested final as Ade Iskandar had to out-luck his new friends-turned-competitors from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the United Arab Emirates in an hour of heart-stopping action, played out in front of a 300-strong ‘live’ audience.
The eight finalists went head-to-head in the first three game rounds where they raced to board their flights, in games simulating a departing passenger’s journey through Changi. After checking in via Changi’s Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) kiosk by completing a puzzle, they went on to test their luck in picking the right boarding gate on Changi’s iconic Solari board, before five finalists moved on to the third round of shopping and dining. This round saw each finalist picking two items and matching the total cost of their selections to the lucky price that was revealed at the start of the game. Three finalists were eliminated.
When it came down to the final two – Indian finalist Animesh Singh and Ade Iskandar, excitement hit a new high. The audience witnessed the extraordinary stroke of luck from Ade Iskandar, who successfully plugged into the millionaire life by fitting a giant travel adaptor into the socket on the podium after a nerve-racking five tries! What followed was a heartwarming embrace shared onstage by Ade Iskandar and his best friend, who had flown in from Jakarta to show his support and share this magical moment.