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!
windancershillhouse.com – win Dancers Hill House worth £5.25 million
- £12.50 a ticket – closes 15th December 2018
- Click here for details of the free entry route (question to answer, but I’m not certain of the answer! It’s either George II or George III. Send your answer, name, email and phone number along with a Stamped Self Addressed envelope to Dancers Hill House, Dancers Lane, Barnet Herts EN5 4RX. One free entry per person.)
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.
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!