A housewife from Greater London has just won the UK’s first-ever guaranteed three-million-pound house as part of a fundraising campaign for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Marilyn Pratt, 68, won the second Omaze Million Pound House Draw – a stunning three-million-pound town house located in London’s leafy Fulham.
Marilyn said she ‘entered on a whim’ after seeing the house advertised on Facebook. She paid just £10 and received 15 entries on the last day of the Omaze Million Pound House Draw.
The beautiful four-storey freehold property boasts three bedrooms and a separate office and gym space located in the charming walled garden. Marilyn also received £10,000 cash as part of her dream prize.
Marilyn has been married to her husband David (age 76) for 45 years, and the pair have lived in their current two bedroom semi-detached house for the past 40 years. The couple have two daughters – Jenny (42 living in London) and Maggie (41 currently living in Singapore with her husband).
“I saw the Omaze Million Pound House Draw on Facebook. The advert said, ‘you could win a house’. My daughter has wanted to get on the property ladder for some time, and I thought I’d try to win her a house. My husband thought I was completely insane and said, ‘what a waste of a tenner’!
“As luck would have it, I entered for £10 the night the draw closed, the rest is history. The house is absolutely beautiful. I think the most likely outcome is that I’ll sell it. I think that would be fairest on everyone as I have another daughter too. The whole situation is totally surreal.
“It hasn’t sunk in at all. It makes me feel so happy that even though this has come at a later stage of my life, I know that my children will always be secure, and that’s a really nice feeling.
“It’s very strange to think that I’m an instant multi-millionaire, it’s only just starting to sink in. We’ve lived in our house for over 40 years. It might be nice to find somewhere more modern. A move might be on the cards but perhaps to somewhere a bit more in keeping with our time of life.
“I’ve always had a soft spot for the British Heart Foundation, I had a sister-in-law who had a heart condition from birth. She was in and out of hospital all her life. She never complained about it. She put up a good fight but after a major operation to correct the condition, she passed away in her forties. She was just such a lovely person, and she was involved with the British Heart Foundation, so I feel that connection. She’s greatly missed, even now.”
The Omaze Million Pound House Draw raised one million pounds to help the BHF’s life-saving research and its work to support millions of families affected by heart and circulatory diseases. It comes at a time the charity is having to cut its funding for new research in half due to the devastating impact of COVID-19 on its fundraising.
James Oakes, SVP International, Omaze, said:
“Omaze is a win-win for both charities and entrants. By offering incredible prizes like a three-million-pound home, we’re giving people the chance to win while also introducing charities to donors they wouldn’t have access to otherwise.
“We’re thrilled that Marilyn got to help out a charity that means a lot to her, and just as delighted that this house draw helped to raise more than £1m to support BHF in the process.”
Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive at the BHF, said:
“On behalf of everyone at the British Heart Foundation, we’re delighted the house has been won by someone with such a close connection to our cause, and we wholeheartedly congratulate Marilyn and her family.
“Partnering with Omaze has been a vital way for us to raise crucial funds at a time when COVID-19 has devastated our income. The money raised is more than we could have imagined and will help us continue to fund research to save and improve the lives of the 7.6 million people living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK.”
This is the second house given away by Omaze in the UK. The first promotion saw Ian Garrick, widower, win a million-pound house in Cheadle Hulme – that campaign netted Teenage Cancer Trust £250,000, with Omaze committing a minimum of one million pounds to the charity over the next 3 years, all from donations raised in the UK.
Los Angeles-based Omaze has already raised over £100 million that has gone to support more than 350 charities worldwide, thanks to its revolutionary approach to fundraising.
Details of the next Omaze Million Pound House draw are now available at: www.omaze.co.uk.