Can you enter Omaze prize draws for free?
Have you heard of Omaze? I’ve had several readers contact me to ask if Omaze is legitimate, or a scam, and if their house draws are genuine. And is it possible to enter Omaze draws for free?
- Omaze.com launched in 2012 in the USA, hosting pay-to-enter prize draws with incredible prizes – the most popular ones involving unique celebrity experiences. Initially, worldwide residents could enter these prizes draws online for free, but this is no longer an option for UK residents.
- Omaze.co.uk launched in 2020, and is probably the most well known ‘Win a House’ website in the UK, thanks to their huge advertising budget. Omaze give away multiple houses a year, and only UK residents can buy tickets for the draws.
In the UK, Omaze partner with a charity for every house prize draw they do – and 80% of the profits of each giveaway (after deducting huge marketing and admin costs) are given directly to the charity. Omaze promise this will be at least £100,000 but in practice it’s usually much more. The remaining 20% is taken by Omaze, but the company is yet to make a profit.
It’s certainly an exciting way to donate to charity, with the chance of winning a huge prize – but what a lot of people don’t realise is that every prize draw on the Omaze website has a ‘free’ entry route, as required by the UK Gambling Act. But despite being defined as ‘free’, this entry route actually involves sending off a postal entry for the draw – so it will cost you a minimum of 75p for a second class stamp. If you want to make more than one entry, sending a postcard could actually end up more expensive than buying a ticket online!
Read on for details of how to enter Omaze draws online and by post – and see which is more cost-effective.
Omaze Million Pound House Draw
On their UK specific website at www.omaze.co.uk, Omaze always have at least one opportunity to win a house – only UK residents are eligible to enter these draws, and the ‘free’ entry route is by post rather than online.
Tickets for all Omaze draws cost:
- £10 for 15 entries
- £25 for 40 entries
- £50 for 85 entries
- £150 for 320 entries
Or you can buy a subscription and pay £10 a month, which will give you 30 entries into every current house draw on the 1st of each month, so for some months you’ll get 60 entries as there will be two concurrent draws running. You can skip a month at any time.
Read on for details of the ‘free’ postal entry route! There are no limits to entry numbers via any route.
Extra prize draws
Buy tickets for the house draws early and you’ll also be entered into an early bird draw to win cars or huge cash prizes. Check the T&Cs of current Omaze house giveaways to see the dates for these early bird draws.
Omaze also give away tens of thousands of ‘Big Dreamer’ gift card prizes too – last year I spent £50 on tickets and won three £10 Amazon gift cards.
For some of the house giveaways, Omaze also offer a £50,000 cash prize for subscribers, who will automatically be entered (subscribers can also send extra entries by post).
When buying tickets you may be offered discounted tickets or 2-for-1 deals for other house draws – remember not to get carried away and only spend what you can afford.
How to enter the Omaze House Draws by post
The ‘free’ entry route for the UK Million Pound House draws is by post, so you will have to buy a stamp. You can send as many postcards as you like as long as each one is stamped and sent separately (not all together in one envelope). A second class stamp is fine to use.
Postal entries will go into the Grand Prize Promotion, and the Early Bird Prize Draws (if applicable). Your entry (whether it’s paid or free) goes into all following weekly and early bird draws until the end of the promotional period, so it pays to enter early.
To enter by post, write your name, address, date of birth, telephone number, and email address on a piece of paper or postcard and send with a 1st or 2nd class stamp to: Omaze Scrutineers – (insert relevant draw name here), Civica Election Services, 33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 0NW.
Is it better value to enter by post or online?
If you want to send multiple postal entries, the stamp cost will stack up. A £10 online payment gets you 15 entries into the draw – but paying for 15 second class stamps would cost you £11.25. Of course, entering online generates a charitable donation too – if you enter by post, all your money is going to Royal Mail.
Do people really win Omaze prize draws?
Omaze draws can have up to a million entries, so your chance of winning a house, £100,000 or a luxury car is one in a few hundred thousand – but there are also thousands of smaller prizes, so your chance of a voucher win is reasonable and many SuperLucky readers have won voucher prizes in the draws. Personally, I bought £50 of tickets and won £30 of Amazon vouchers in 2023. Let me know in the comments if you’ve had a win!
Omaze is a large business with a good reputation, their prizes are guaranteed to be awarded and they give 80% of profits to charity. However, there are a lot of smaller websites hosting unregulated pay-to-enter prize draws, where the prizes may not be given away, there are no charitable donations, and the postal entries may not be included in the draws. Be careful, as these raffle sites can be addictive and result in huge debt.
Looking for free entry competitions?
If you’d like the chance to win amazing prizes without spending money, there are thousands of free entry online prize draws and competitions open to UK entrants! Check out my blog posts below: