Couple Who Were Living With Parents Win €405k House In Raffle
A couple from Dublin have gone from living with their parents to having their own home worth half a million Euros after winning on a raffle ticket.
Jessica O'Callaghan and Stephen Flanagan were both living at their parents' houses while they were saving up to get their own mortgage together.
But, after winning on a €100 (£90.22) Gaelic Athletic Association club raffle, they were thrilled when they received the keys to their new three-bedroom home this week.
Jessica, 28, got the ticket online for the Wexford GAA club Faythe Harriers' house draw.
Speaking to Today FM, Jessica said: "I have been every day looking in the windows and we just got the keys.
"I'm outside the house and I still don't think it has sunk in.
"The house is just beautiful. I can't believe it. It's our forever home, 100 percent.
"We were living with our parents so we were only really together when we went on holidays.
"It means the world to me."
The home, which is on the Carton Wood estate, was advertised a year ago to help raise funds for a new clubhouse and community centre, but Jessica decided to enter just days before the draw took place.
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And if you fancy your chances at bagging a house on the cheap, a couple are selling £5 raffle tickets to win a £290k house.
Katherine Jablonowska and Ryan Mclean have spent the past two years renovating the two-bed property on the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales, close to Snowdonia National Park.
But now they are ready to find it a new home and have launched an online raffle where one lucky winner will get the 19th century house for the price of pint.
The couple have set a target of 80,000 entries, and are asking people who enter to donate an extra £1 to The Children's Society, which helps protect vulnerable children.
If they hit the target, Ryan and Katherine have pledged to match the total donations themselves.
Katherine, 33, and Ryan, 41, have now set up a website where interested parties can visit and flick through a series of photographs of the home, showing how much it has changed in the past couple of years.
Speaking about the competition, Katherine said: "The idea was in the back of our minds for a few years. We had come across raffles in the news every now and then.
"We thought, 'That's a good idea'. So we spent some time researching it - and thought it was a fantastic way to sell a house.
"It gives someone the chance to get on the property ladder. It's a little piece of heaven."
Terms, conditions and further information on competition rules can be found here.
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