A lucky ticket holder has won £110,070 after their name was drawn at random in the ‘Win A Mega Home’ prize raffle.
Our lucky winner from Christchurch entered the competition to win the £3m home but as not enough tickets were sold to trigger the property as a prize, they picked up the cash sum instead.
The draw was made by a random number selector computer at Sterling Lottery Management, which is approved and audited by both the Gambling Commission and PwC.
It selected 100 tickets and local MP Christopher Chope drew the winner from that number.
An independent solicitor – Josh Taylor from Wansbroughs in Devizes, Wiltshire - was present at the time to oversee the procedure.
Mark and Sharon Beresford decided to launch the raffle after several offers for their home fell through. The Huf Haus sits on an elevated plot on the river Avon on the Hampshire/Dorset border near Ringwood.
Despite not selling enough tickets to offer the house as a prize, they don’t regret it.
Mark said: “It has been quite an experience and we have tried everything to sell enough tickets. “We made sure everything was legal and above board and satisfied the Gambling Commission.
“Of course we’re disappointed that the house hasn’t been won as we want to move to Sussex to be near family.
“When we called the winner, they were overcome and we’re so happy for them and can’t wait to present them with the money."