How to enter ‘Win a House’ competitions without buying a ticket
‘Win a house’ competitions have become more common in the UK over the last few years – and every couple of weeks I receive yet another email asking me to promote a new one on SuperLucky!
But I’m not a fan of lottery style promotions, so rather than telling you how fantastic it would be if you bought a £10 ticket and won a house, I’m sharing the details of how you can enter several of these ‘Win a House’ competitions for FREE* rather than buy a ticket…
(*well, the cost of a stamp…)
How do ‘Win a House’ promotions work?
The seller is struggling to sell their property, and they believe that giving it away in an online raffle is a great way to do it, as they’ll get lots of publicity and people will be excited that they could possibly win a house – or church, or castle! – for a few quid. Sometimes the promoter might advertise that they’ll give a donation to charity when they reach their target.
But if a promoter charges people to enter a prize draw (like Lotto), that’s a lottery – and the Gambling Commission has strict rules about running lotteries.
To ensure a ‘Win a House’ competition isn’t an illegal lottery, the promoter needs to add an element of skill – usually a question to answer or a puzzle to complete. Everyone who answers correctly then goes into a prize draw.
Only a few of these home raffles have been successful in reaching their target number of ticket sales (see how lucky Marie Segar became the owner of a country manor in 2017!). Usually, a percentage of the cash raised from tickets sold is given away – minus the promoter’s administration fees, of course. The amount will depend on what the promoter states in the T&Cs (for example, ‘A cash draw will take place for 75% of the value of tickets sold after promotion costs’) – in some cases, a charity donation is guaranteed before the remaining prize fund is given to a winner. The organisers of ‘Win a Megahome’ were criticised when they didn’t sell enough tickets – they did sell £750,000 worth, but only awarded a cash prize of £110,000, claiming that the promotion incurred ‘very high costs’ for them.
Don’t forget that winning a property will also bring financial responsibilities – make sure you read the terms and conditions to check what’s included, and what’s not!
Home Raffles with FREE postal entry routes
Many ‘Win a House’ competitions offer a free postal entry route, but the details might not be immediately obvious. Rather than enter easily online, you’ll need to do a bit of writing and buy a stamp. But a stamp is still cheaper than a £5 ticket, so why not give it a go?
Here are details of the postal entry routes for some of the current ‘win a house’ promotions. You can usually only send one postal entry per competition, but check the rules first. Good luck!
2poundhome.com – win a house in Bristol worth £250,000
- £2 a ticket – closes 2nd February 2019.
- Click here for details of the free entry route (question to answer – my suggested answer is CITY. Print and complete this form and post to 2 Pound Home, 57 Wells Rd, Radstock, Somerset BA3 3SB)
winahouseinitaly.co.uk – win a house in Italy worth £275,000
- £50 a ticket – closes 1st April 2019.
- Click here for details of the free entry route (question to answer – my suggested answer is ABRUZZO)
Home Raffles with no free entry route
There are also a number of home raffles where the skill question is harder, and there’s no free entry route offered – so there’s a risk that you may be answering incorrectly and wasting your money if you buy a ticket.
If you prefer a Spot The Ball type promotion, try www.houseprizecompetition.com (£5 an entry – closes 2nd April 2019)
Have you been tempted to enter one of these competitions, or do you think they’re a crazy idea? Let me know in the comments!