Friday, 21 Jun 2024

Omaze house winners’ dreams turn sour as most decided to sell up

Dream properties won on Omaze prize draws are being flogged by their new owners – with 10 out of 14 being put on the market.

Omaze began raffling mansions in Britain in 2020, raising vast sums for charity.

But out of the 14 spectacular properties that have been won, 10 have either been sold or have been put up for sale by their new owners. One further property is rented out to Airbnb customers, reports the Daily Mail.

The Omaze dream soon became a nightmare for one winner.

Foundry worker Glen Elmy, from Walsall, won a James Bond-style property in October 2021, with the incredible house boasting views over Combe Martin Bay, in north Devon.

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But just a few days after moving in, Mr Elmy left the property when he discovered it was at threat of collapsing into the sea.

He handed the keys back to Omaze and reportedly asked for the money equal to the property’s £3million value, according to The Daily Mail.

Similarly, June Smith was handed the keys to her dream property in May after winning the Omaze draw – but has now put it up for sale.

The gran, 74, from Essex, put the £4.5million home in Cornwall on the market just weeks after winning.

She said: “Winning this house has been an incredible experience, I still can’t believe it all actually happened to me, it still feels so surreal. 

“I wanted to enjoy at least one family holiday here before I put it on the market.”

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She added: “I knew winning this house would be life changing for all my family, and that’s why I’ve decided to sell now, as I want to use the money to help all my children and grandchildren with the next chapter in their lives.” 

Britain’s first Omaze winner, policeman Ian Garrick, from Mablethorpe, Lincs, didn’t hesitate to list his Omaze property when he heard he had won a £1million-plus house in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, in November 2020.

Omaze says it has a “revolutionary approach” to fundraising.

Its website says: “An approach that can enable people to change the world, and to change their lives too. We call it ‘Win:Win’.

“Launched in the US in 2012, Omaze crossed the pond to the UK in 2020, fundraising in partnership with some of the biggest and most loved British charities. 

“We’ve since raised over £17,000,000 for our incredible charity partners, like Teenage Cancer Trust, The Prince’s Trust, British Heart Foundation, the NSPCC, the RSPCA and many more.

“And at the same time, we’ve made our Grand Prize Winners multi-millionaires. Our next one really could be you.”

Omaze has been approached for comment by Express.co.uk.

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