Civil engineer from Japan wins Changi Airport's millionaire contest

Japanese civil engineer Oiyama Seiichiro, 34, walked away with $1 million after he won Changi Airport's millionaire draw on Sunday, Feb 1, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Japanese civil engineer Oiyama Seiichiro, 34, walked away with $1 million after he won Changi Airport's millionaire draw on Sunday, Feb 1, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - A 34-year-old civil engineer from Japan emerged as the winner of Changi Airport's millionaire draw on Sunday.

Mr Seiichiro Oiyama, who is based in Singapore, walked away with $1 million, beating five other finalists from Singapore, China and Egypt in a contest held at Terminal 3.

The finalists, who were picked from a monthly lucky draw held between May and October 2014, competed in a series of games based on luck, in front of a live audience.

With the money, Mr Oiyama said he plans to take his family, wife Reiko, 35 and son Ritsu, four, on a holiday to Mexico.

"I want to go overseas - all over the world," he said.

Mr Oiyama entered the "Be a Changi Millionaire" draw after spending $79 on chocolates at the airport in July 2014.

This is the airport's fifth instalment of the contest, which saw an overwhelming participation of 1.8 million entries, more than double its inaugural run in 2010, which registered 830,000 entries.

To take part, shoppers have to spend at least $30 in a single receipt at Changi Airport or iShopChangi.com.