A HOLIDAY home in Spain is being given away in a raffle this spring, with tickets being sold for less than £5.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom, sea-view house is two minutes from Playas de Vera beach on the Costa Almeria.
It has two private terraces along with access to a shared pool.
The property is being given away by Spain’s house raffle platform Sesortea on March 25, with a maximum of 125,800 €5 (4.50) tickets sold.
Tickets can be bought from www.sesortea.com/en, until March 23.
The region of Almeria, which 15,000 Brits call home, is the driest and second warmest spot in Europe, with annual rainfall of 200mm.
London, Leeds, Glasgow, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol all operate flights to the region.
As well as giving away the house, Sesortea will also cover €5,000 (£4,500) of legal fees and Stamp Duty, and contribute up to €20,000 (£18,000) towards any increase in income tax faced by the winner as a result of winning the house.
Sesortea claims that someone who buys a ticket will definitely win the property on March 25, with no postponements, no additional tickets issued and no cash alternatives.
Manuel Gonzalvez, Sesortea’s founder said: “In Spain the law is very strict when it comes to house raffles, which means participants know what they are getting, and the raffle organiser can’t change the rules half-way through."
Manuel added: “Regardless of how many tickets we sell, on March 25th a notary will select a number at random to identify a winner. If that ticket number has not been sold, they will select another until we find one that has, and that person will win the house.”
There have been a vast number of stories about people raffling their homes over the past year from castles to country mansions, but precious few about anyone who has actually won.
Even if the prize draw goes ahead, many of these competitions have a clause in their rules which say that the organiser will give away a cash prize that's much lower than the value of the property if they fail to sell enough tickets.
In 2019, a woman who 'won' a £3m mega-house in a raffle only got £110,000 after the millionaire couple behind it decided to keep their home and pocketed £500,000.
Carina Alcock, from Christchurch, Dorset, netted the sum after winning a raffle put on by Hampshire couple Mark and Sharon Beresford.
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