Pill woman prepares to raffle off £1million home for £2 a ticket in raffle
PUBLISHED: 15:55 18 August 2017
A Pill woman is giving strangers the chance to win her £1million home for just £2 in a raffle.
Tricia Hamilton hopes to use proceeds from the unconventional sale of her 19th century cottage and its acre of land to move closer to London, to be near her family.
Tricia runs her hat-making business, Tricia Designs, from the four-bedroom house and hopes raffling it off will mean she can reinvest in her firm.
The detached house, which is in Water Lane and has a huge Old English garden, was built in 1829. Tricia moved in 20 years ago, and renovated it from top to bottom.
She put it on the market a year ago but despite dropping the price by £300,000, Tricia says she ‘hasn’t found the right buyer’.
So, when she read about a mansion in Lancashire being raffled, she was inspired to try something similar.
Tricia said: “This is a chance for someone to win a life-changing, mortgage-free house.
“It’s unique, which works well for such an unconventional sale. It’s not a typical four-bedroom; I’d describe it as a ‘tardis’, as it’s much more spacious than it first appears.
“I would love to see someone with a family win it, as it’s a great place to raise children.”
Tricia said the winner’s extended family could easily move in too, as it is split between three floors with three bathrooms.
She added: “It’s lovely to live in – just talking about it makes me not want to leave.
“My favourite part is the garden. It’s an Old English garden that was set up more than 100 years ago; it changes every day.”
Tricia needs to sell 500,000 tickets in six months, but could extend the time if the asking price is not reached.
Peter Ellis, director of Accommodation Unlimited letting in Clevedon, said: “It sounds like a brilliant way to sell your property and in some cases it has worked – whereas in others it has failed spectacularly.
“It can involve selling a lot of tickets... we could be talking around 1,000 tickets a day for the next six months.”
It is illegal to raffle prizes over a certain value but Anthony Wooding, managing partner of Kerseys Solicitors, said it is possible to get around rules by including a game of skill or knowledge, so Tricia may set a history quiz as part of the raffle.
Register your interest at www.winmyhouse.online