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US NewsHere's what you could have won! Fury as winner of raffle for couple's £3million riverside home are told they WON'T get the house because they didn't sell enough tickets (but they'll get a £110,000 cash prize instead)

14:15  11 january  2019
14:15  11 january  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Here's what you could have won! Fury as winner of raffle for couple's £3million riverside home are told they WON'T get the house because they didn't sell enough tickets (but they'll get a £110,000 cash prize instead) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mark and Sharon Beresford have been slammed on social media after offering a £110,000 cash prize in a raffle they originally launched to give away their £3million luxury home, pictured. The couple failed to sell enough £25 tickets to make the house giveaway viable but still raised £750,000. But now contestants have vented their fury at the reduced prize, which the couple claim accounts for their legal and promotional costs Contestants who entered a raffle to win a £3million luxury home are furious after the prize was cut to just £110,000 after the couple running it failed to sell enough tickets.

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Mark, 61, and Sharon Beresford, 57, launched the competition last year aiming to sell 250,000 £25 tickets but revealed last week they had sold just £30,000, raising £750,000.

They promised to continue the draw with a 'six-figure sum' prize up for grabs - which has now been revealed as £110,000, or 27 times less than the value of the property in Ringwood, Hampshire, won by an unnamed woman.

In their terms and conditions, the Beresfords stated that any cash prize would be to the value to 75 per cent of the ticket sales, after promotion costs were taken out.

Here's what you could have won! Fury as winner of raffle for couple's £3million riverside home are told they WON'T get the house because they didn't sell enough tickets (but they'll get a £110,000 cash prize instead) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The house in Ringwood, Hampshire, is a Huf Haus, meaning it is a distinctive glass and wood property built by the German company of the same name, which can be constructed within days. The couple will keep the house now but are still trying to sell it with a view to moving to East Sussex to be closer to family The couple maintain they racked up £640,000 in advertising, marketing, PR and legal costs for the competition.

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They raffled their £ 3 m house but pulled the sale after selling too few tickets – then kept £ 640, 000 In the terms and conditions the couple stated d that if they failed to sell enough tickets , the first t When ticket sales proved slow in October they added a £ 160, 000 Aston Martin as a runner-up prize

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Here's what you could have won! Fury as winner of raffle for couple's £3million riverside home are told they WON'T get the house because they didn't sell enough tickets (but they'll get a £110,000 cash prize instead) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The stunning six-bedroom property has a large sofa in the main living area on the ground floor, with open plan rooms providing a sense of space But some who took part questioned about the validity of the novelty raffle.

Here's what you could have won! Fury as winner of raffle for couple's £3million riverside home are told they WON'T get the house because they didn't sell enough tickets (but they'll get a £110,000 cash prize instead) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The couple, pictured outside the luxury home, have dismissed criticism against them and said the raffle was followed according to laws and regulations

The Beresfords' Twitter handle @WinAMegaHome has been deleted in the face of an stinging criticism from users.

Here's what you could have won! Fury as winner of raffle for couple's £3million riverside home are told they WON'T get the house because they didn't sell enough tickets (but they'll get a £110,000 cash prize instead) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The revelation of the cash prize has caused fury on Twitter

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Here's what you could have won! Fury as winner of raffle for couple's £3million riverside home are told they WON'T get the house because they didn't sell enough tickets (but they'll get a £110,000 cash prize instead) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Some on Twitter have questioned the validity of the auction

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Here's what you could have won! Fury as winner of raffle for couple's £3million riverside home are told they WON'T get the house because they didn't sell enough tickets (but they'll get a £110,000 cash prize instead) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Others said the figures 'did not add up' and branded the competition a 'disgrace' following the change in prize

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Here's what you could have won! Fury as winner of raffle for couple's £3million riverside home are told they WON'T get the house because they didn't sell enough tickets (but they'll get a £110,000 cash prize instead) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Some questioned what happened to the other prizes Rebecca Gleaves, from Bournemouth, said: 'It might be legal but that doesn't make it okay morally.'

Richard Reddington, from London, added: 'I will never enter another competition like this again.'

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What are the rules on raffling a home?

Lotteries cannot be held for commercial gain or profit, so home-owners considering raffling off their house would need to run the raffle to benefit a charity or other not-for-profit cause.

Those who want to keep the money gained for themselves must either hold a free prize draw or add a competition element to the raffle.

Competitors should have to prove their skill, knowledge or judgment in order to win the top prize.

Many people get around this by asking an incredibly simple question such as 'what style of property is this house: A – Victorian, B – Tudor or C – Georgian' when people pay for their raffle ticket.

It is also important to have watertight terms and conditions, such as a setting a minimum number of tickets in order for the raffle to go ahead (like the Rosses have done).

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Although getting a house for the cost of a coffee is a great deal, the winner will still have to pay stamp duty on the house based on the open market value (in some cases) - and also bear in mind any maintenance costs or other upkeep charges where apartment blocks are concerned.

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Graham Nash, from Poole, Dorset, wrote: 'Not a bad return admittedly, but would be interested to see the breakdown of the costs.'

Michelle Philpott, from Poole, posted: 'I think all who entered should be given their money back. £600,000 on promotional costs?'

The draw was made by a random number selector computer at Sterling Lottery Management, which is approved and audited by the Gambling Commission.

It selected 100 tickets and local MP Christopher Chope drew the winner from that number.

Here's what you could have won! Fury as winner of raffle for couple's £3million riverside home are told they WON'T get the house because they didn't sell enough tickets (but they'll get a £110,000 cash prize instead) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Beresfords property, Avon Place, is set in around an acre of private grounds and offers 7,000 sq ft of open plan living with views over the River Avon (pictured) and Avon Valley An independent solicitor was also present at the time to oversee the procedure.

The Beresford decided to launch the raffle after several offers for their Huf Haus-style home called Avon Place home fell through.

Here's what you could have won! Fury as winner of raffle for couple's £3million riverside home are told they WON'T get the house because they didn't sell enough tickets (but they'll get a £110,000 cash prize instead) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Despite throwing in a £160,000 Aston Martin as a second prize, (pictured) the couple only sold 30,000 tickets, generating £750,000 - a quarter of the value of the six bed home The couple had even received interest from an England international footballer but had been unable to find a buyer.

The couple still intend to sell the home as they are planning to move to East Sussex to be nearer their family after their three grown-up children moved out.

However, they will now do so through more conventional means by listing it on the market.

Here's what you could have won! Fury as winner of raffle for couple's £3million riverside home are told they WON'T get the house because they didn't sell enough tickets (but they'll get a £110,000 cash prize instead) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Beresford, pictured with his wife in one of the property's many sitting rooms, said: 'Of course it's disappointing not to be handing over the house to the winner, but we gave it our best shot' Despite being unable to sell their home through the raffle, the couple said they don't regret their decision.

They also denied any wrongdoing and said they had complied with both competition rules and relevant laws.

Mr Beresford, a company director, said: 'We fully complied with all of the competition rules and relevant laws in order to launch the competition.

'We calculated the prize exactly as described in the terms and conditions, which all entrants had to accept.

'We have spent huge sums of money on advertising that failed to cover its costs.

'The costs incurred were very high and began in 2016 with extensive legal advice and opinions about the interpretation of the rules covering prize draw competitions.

'By the time the competition was launched, costs were already into six figures - to do this properly is neither cheap nor for the faint of heart.

'We will file our accounts in line with statutory requirements.'

Irish couple have gun pulled on them during kidnapping on holiday in Albufeira, Portugal.
"They threatened to sell my fiance into the sex trade and said they were going to shoot me"

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