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 to enter Win a House competitions without buying a ticket

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.

The ‘WinAbode’ house raffle didn’t generate enough ticket sales – but they did give away a £102,141.10 prize to the 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! – win a house in Bristol worth £250,000 a house in Italy worth £275,000

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 (£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!

24 Responses

  1. Amjid Mir says:

    Good opportunity to avail

  2. Adelaide Libuseng Makhetha says:

    Please help because I am self employed and only 32 years old from SA and need to have my own house and as I enter the win a house competitions I would love to become a winner some day.

  3. anne mashhadi says:

    I am a keen comper so have started entering these draws using the (hard to find) free entry route. Its worth the extra time as the houses are worth a lot more than most competition prizes. I would be happy to buy a ticket for a couple of pounds but personally wouldnt be prepared to pay a lot more such as £50.

    Yes there are costs e.g. upkeep of the property but if I am lucky enough to win a house “worth” say 5 million then I would be happy to sell it off for a lot less, use it as a holiday home or rent it out etc.

    No wins as yet but its early days. I treat this just like any other competition. Its a bit of fun and I may be lucky……

  4. Hi Di, great to see your support for the House Competitions, after several years of investigating this concept with HMRC and the Gambling Commission I have opened this up as a business, and selling other peoples homes for them. I only deal with modest homes, no castles, churches or mansions. The first property is in Emersons Green , Bristol. I do offer a FREE entry via Royal Mail however a ticket is just £2 and once you’ve bought a ticket you can register to receive a personal link which can be shared on all social media sites and via email, when someone clicks on it they are tracked back to you and if they buy a ticket then you get a FREE ticket, so there are 2 routes for FREE tickets. Please take a look and once again thanks for supporting this fantastic concept, Best regards Andrew

  5. Garry Butcher says:

    Any chance of having the various house competitions updated, please.

  6. Vuyelwa says:

    Waaaw I Would Like To Win A House Please

  7. Ben Rowton says:

    Hi Di,

    Many thanks for the interesting article and link to our competition. The HousePrizeCompetition is unfortunately one of those harder ones which is not a lottery and so doesn’t require us to allow free postal entries. Having free entries would of course negate the entire point of the competition which is designed to allow the owners to ‘sell’ their home via an alternative route.

    Our prize is not only the home fully paid for, but also £50k to ensure you can run it for a few years without any worries at all.

    I note that not many of these competitions make the required value, however we are well on the way to being successful following intense media coverage (ITV news featured us and it crashed the website!). We are also frequently offering promotional free weekend breaks on social media, so be sure to follow us for information.

  8. Carolyn Collins says:

    Hi Di

    Thanks for reply.

    Do you know if they have announced the winners of the London house in Hampton Hill,?
    The website has not been updated for a week. I have emailed them but no response.

    Does any of your subscribers know what has happened?


  9. Hi all, if you are interested in winning a Luxury Algarve Villa, check out – entries are £5, but if you buy 4 entries you get a 5th free! Good Luck!

  10. mphile says:

    i would like to win a home please

  11. Carolyn Collins says:

    Hi Di

    I entered the London House Raffle and checked website last night.
    No house to win as not enough paid entries. Cash draws instead.
    Does this happen a lot with house raffles?

  12. Thank you so much for all this information – I’ve entered three of the competitions, wish me luck. 🙂

  13. Lisa says:

    Thanks for putting all the info together. I am very tempted to enter but if you won what would your options be? Could you sell, rent it or would you have to move?

    • Di says:

      It would be entirely up to you! I think most people would choose to rent the property out if they won.

    • Nicola says:

      Iv just entered a v raffle for a machine and realized that if u win you get a massive tax bill of over 25000 grand a yearcalled the machine tax so be careful what you wish for

  14. Chrissie says:

    Thank you. For the London one it says ‘please send your name, email, telephone number and address’ , do you think they want the answers to the questions also?

    • Di says:

      It’s not mentioned – but it won’t hurt to add that extra information on your entry!

    • Nicola says:

      Whatcha out for the mansion tax babe god even some 2bedrooms in London are classes as mansion with a massive yearly bill if it’s over 2,mill over 28000 a year

  15. mica says:

    Thank you for sharing this information. Should you send a A4 self addressed envelope or would a small envelope be ok?

    • Di says:

      I’m not entirely sure what it will be used for Mica! I would probably include an A5 envelope with a second class stamp on!

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