Remember how it was a couple of years ago, when high-profile win a house competitions were ten a penny? I chronicled them faithfully – then all of a sudden they seemed to die out. I suspect that this was due to two factors. Firstly, the homeowners were running into trouble with the Gambling Commission, over new rules for such competitions. Secondly, these win a house competitions have to sell thousands and thousands of tickets to be viable, and many of the comps seemed to fizzle with sales targets remaining out of reach.
However I wish Laura Gamble, who is hosting this latest contest, all the best with her innovative initiative. It’s a pretty house in a pretty part of the world, and the feature in today’s Daily Mail should help ticket sales no end. If you would like to become the owner of a four-bedroom detached property in Devon, it’s worth checking out.
Here are the details:
The prize: a four-bedroom detached house in Kingskerswell, Devon (near Newton Abbot). It is mortgage-free and also comes with a plot of land, which has planning permission for a second house.
Entry fee: £25.
The competition: Spot the Ball! To enter, print the competition form from Laura’s website, fill out the details and mark the picture with a cross where you think the ball should be. Send the completed, along with the entry fee, to the address provided on the website.
Target ticket sales:14,000. The competition ends when all the tickets are sold. If tickets are still unsold by 1 October 2011, the winner will receive a cash prize instead.
WBW, the firm of solicitors overseeing the competition, will pick the winner.
For further details, visit the House Competition website.