Clicked on this thinking “Ugh, clickbait, this obviously isn’t actually a thing but go on then”? Prepare to eat your, err, thoughts, because a man by the name of Shamus Fitzsimmons is offering people the chance to win his seven-bedroom Scottish mansion.
Sadly, the father of two has been struggling to pay the hefty mortgage after losing his job. He put Dullatur House in North Lanarkshire on the market but after a year, it has yet to sell through an estate agent. So, instead of waiting for the debt collectors to rock up, he has brainstormed an unconventional way to get this lovely family home into the right hands without going broke in the process.
How do I get that house?
Head to winyourdreamhome.co.uk to answer a question about the house. Tickets cost £5 and you can enter either online or by post.
Tell me more about it
It was built in 1745 and is bursting with period features. It comes complete with a heated outdoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, home cinema room, conservatory, four-oven Aga, island breakfast bar, triple garage and billiards room. It is set in one acre of gorgeous gardens, including a walled garden and a 250-year-old Monkey Puzzle tree. Last year, the property was valued at £625,000. It is a 15-minute drive from Glasgow and 35-minutes from Edinburgh. It comes totally mortgage-free.
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Do I get the furniture too?
Yes! The house will come ready to move straight in, with the furniture valued at between £30,000 and £40,000.
How long do I have to enter?
The competition runs until 18 December, with the homeowners hoping for 250,000 people to enter to cover the sale and fees. If the target is reached, they will donate £25,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support. The winner will be contacted shortly after the raffle closes.
How many times can I enter?
Enter as many times as you want to.
Do I have to live it in if I win?
If you win it’ll be yours, so you can do what you like with it. Rent it out, put it on Airbnb, sell it or live there mortgage-free, it’s up to you.
How will the winner be chosen?
Each entry will be assigned a unique identifier in a database. The homeowner will use a random number generator to select a winning entry. This will be conducted by their solicitor with witnesses from the press.
Is there a catch?
There doesn’t seem to be one bar the fact that, obviously, you’re probably going to spend £5 and not win anything.
How about if not enough people buy tickets?
Should the target of 250,000 sold entries not be reached, the homeowner has the option to determine that enough entries have been received for the house to still be the prize given. He also has the option to extend the competition by up to 6 months. The third option is to offer the cash pot as a prize.