Woman Wins Amazing £500k Farmhouse After Buying £2 Raffle Ticket
A woman has managed to scoop herself a dream home worth a whopping £500,000 ($650,000) after purchasing a raffle ticket for just £2.
Jemma Nicklin, 23, said she was 'over the moon' when she got the call to say she was the lucky winner of a four-bedroom farmhouse in Longnor, near Shrewsbury.
Original owners Michael and Linda had decided to launch a competition for their family home, after separating and struggling to find a buyer.
In the end, they were absolutely inundated with entries, and have since pledged to give the excess money raised to charity.
Beating off the high levels of interest, Jemma was the one who ended up with the keys, and said she was 'gobsmacked' when she found out the good news.
Jemma, who currently lives with her mum and dad in Bilston, West Midlands, said she is 'over the moon'.
She said: "I couldn't believe it was real when I got the call. I didn't think people actually won things like this.
"I'd seen a post about it on BirminghamLive and thought it looked beautiful so I thought I might as well enter as my mum and dad and my boyfriend had too. I bought two tickets but I never expected to win. It's incredible."
Jemma's new digs, Shrubbery Farmhouse, has four bedrooms and a separate annex.
With exposed beams in every room, an oil-fired AGA and walk-in pantry, the property is the very vision of a countryside farmhouse.
Along with a large living room, multi-stove burner and a dining room, it even has a built-in library.
Jemma, who works as an admin assistant in Wednesbury, explained she'd just started saving for a deposit for a house when she entered the competition.
She said: "The rate I was saving I don't think I'd have got a deposit until I was about 26 or 27 and then I would definitely have ended up buying something much smaller."
She never dreamed her first home would look like Shrubbery Farmhouse - especially because it comes without a mortgage AND the Chathas are even paying for her stamp duty and legal fees, using money raised from the raffle.
Jemma added: "It's so difficult to get a house these days, I'd just started saving for a mortgage, I guess that's one thing I don't have to worry about anymore!"
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