Lucky 23-year-old wins £500k farmhouse with £2 raffle ticket

Ms Nicklin said she is 'still in shock'

Monday, February 17, 2020

A 23-year-old woman has won a farmhouse worth more than half a million pounds after it was sold via an online raffle with tickets costing just £2.

Jemma Nicklin will be the new owner of Shrubbery Farmhouse near Shrewsbury after buying two entries to the prize draw that she spotted on Facebook.

The four-bedroom house is valued at £545,000, with parts of dating back around 300 years – it also features three bathrooms and a self-contained annexe.

Ms Nicklin, who spent just £4 on the countryside property, said she was “still in shock”.

“Not one single thought has processed in my head since the day I found out.

“I was looking through the photos and I said to my mum 'Do you think I should have a go?' and she said 'Why not? You've got to be in it to win it'.”

Jemma Nicklin with former owner Micheal Chatha

She added that she did not yet know when she would move into the house, which is 40 miles away from her family’s Wolverhampton home.

The previous owner, Michael Chatha decided to open an online competition after the property failed to sell on the conventional real estate market.

The 54-year-old wanted to sell the house after his marriage came to an end but said it had been a “superb family home”.

Mr Chatha said: “The whole competition went absolutely mad. The house had been on the market for £545,000 and we brought in £550,000 in the first seven days.

“We’ve given this house a lot of love over the last 17 years and it's been a superb family home.

“We hoped the winner would be someone who was going to give it a lot of love and, having met Jemma and her lovely family, they are wonderful people and we're so thrilled, really from the heart, that such lovely people have won the property.”

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