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.
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!
winacastle.co.uk – win a castle in Scotland
- £5 a ticket – closes 18th May 2018.
- Click here for details of the free entry route (puzzle to solve, send answer on a postcard)
LondonHouseRaffle.co.uk – win a house in London
- £5 a ticket – closes 16th May 2018
- Postal entry details are here (send a stamped self addressed envelope)
homes2win.co.uk – win a maisonette in Guildford
- £2.50 a ticket – closes 20th June 2018
- Postal entry details are below the entry form (print PDF, answer question and post 1st class – my suggested answer is FISH)
winyournexthouse.co.uk – win a house in Southampton
- £5 a ticket (plus 98p Eventbrite fee) – closes 9th June 2018
- Free entry route details are here (answer question and post first class – my suggested answer is THEIR)
rafflemyhouse.com – win a bungalow in Halesowen
- £1 a ticket – closes 8th May 2018
- Click for postal entry instructions (answer question – my suggested answer is MAYFAIR)
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.
Win a Megahome for example, offers an amazing £3million Huf Haus for £25 an entry. The multiple choice question is about salmon fishing. If the minimum 130,000 entries aren’t received, the winner will receive 75% of the cash raised, which will likely be a fair sum! This one closes 31st July 2018.
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!