Winner of Pill £1million house competition does not receive main prize

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:40 22 December 2018

The winner of Tricia Hamilton's competition to win her £1million home did not receive the prize. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The winner of Tricia Hamilton's competition to win her £1million home did not receive the prize. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A £1million house, due to be sold in a raffle, has not been given to the winning entrant as not enough tickets were sold.

Earlier this year, hat designer Tricia Hamilton started an online ‘spot the hat’ competition to win her four-bedroom home in Water Lane in Pill.

Tricia, who struggled to find a buyer on the market despite dropping her asking price by £300,000, was inspired by a similar competition in Lancashire.

Hoping to provide the winner with a ‘life-changing, mortgage-free house’, she launched the competition in February.

However, after receiving too few entries Tricia was forced to withdraw the prize.

The competition, which complied with Gambling Commission rules, had entrants watch a short interactive video and mark the point where a hat was thrown into the air.

Tickets were initially priced £2. However, Tricia later raised the price to £10 to help cover the cost of a move to London to be closer to her sick mother.

The mother-of-two, who referred to the terms and conditions of the competition when it became clear she was unable to give the house away, says she will give the winner the money raised by the competition instead.

In an email to entrants, Tricia said: “The whole process of the competition has been a rollercoaster of emotions, especially being a trailblazer on this type of competition.

“Sadly the house has not been won, but the winner has won a significant amount of money. I so wanted the house to be won for so many reasons.

“I now have to relook at selling my house. I will be renting for a period of time nearer to my mother who is not well and the reason for me wanting to move closer to her. The housing market has stalled currently and I need to move on.”

The winner of the competition, who lives in the South East of England, was chosen by an independent judge and asked to remain anonymous.

While most of the cash will be given to the winner, Tricia decided to donate five per cent of the proceeds to powerchair football charity Goals Beyond Grass.

The charity helps disabled children and adults get involved with the sport, making physical activity more readily available to them.

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