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Renter wins £500k London flat after buying £10 property raffle ticket

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A 27-year-old woman has won a £500,000 London flat and brand new Land Rover after buying a £10 ticket from a property raffle firm.

Niomi Boontam from Bournemouth won the enviable prize worth £530,000 in total after entering House Raffle’s competition.

The property raffle firm launched the competition in February where it guaranteed one lucky person would win a £500k newly renovated two-bed flat in East London, after facing criticism for handing out cash prizes with previous competitions if they didn’t sell enough tickets to cover the value of the home.

Boontam, an insurance consultant who rents with her partner, said: “I never thought I’d actually win. This morning I was shaking, my hands were shaking and I was thinking, this is not real, but I checked on and started reading it all and…oh my goodness! It’s amazing.

“I live with my other half and we’re renting and it’s a lovely location but we don’t own it. I don’t have the words to describe this.

“This has just made lockdown worthwhile. Thank you so much!”

Raffle House is also covering legal fees and there’s no stamp duty to pay.

Benno Spencer, CEO of Raffle House, said: “This is a good news story at a time when we all need one. We are beyond thrilled to announce our jackpot prize winner and, having spoken with Niomi, I know that she is over the moon.

“We founded Raffle House with the aim of giving as many people as possible the chance to get on the property ladder for the first time through the purchase of low-cost tickets.

“Making one of our customers’ dreams come true is a really proud moment for us. Helping Niomi escape generation rent is incredible and being able to also hand over the keys to a new car at a time when she along with everyone else is feeling the pinch is an added bonus.”

The next property Raffle House is offering is a £750,000 two-bed house in South East London. Tickets to the draw cost £2 each and there’s also a free entry postal route available to all participants. The competition closes on 30 November 2020.

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