After decades of living in a small, two-bedroom home, a couple in their sixties has hit the property jackpot.
Marilyn Pratt, 68, won a four-storey home in Fulham, west London – and the stunning property is worth £3 million.
Marilyn, who lives her husband of 45 years David, in south-east London, won the life-changing prize via the second Omaze Million Pound House Draw, which also raised more than £1 million for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
‘My daughter has wanted to get on the property ladder for some time and I thought I’d try to win her a house,’ says Mrs Pratt.
‘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 couple has two daughters, London-based Jenny, 42, and Maggie, 41, who lives in Singapore.
Marilyn said the Fulham property – which features three bedrooms, an office, a gym and a walled garden – was ‘absolutely beautiful’ but that she would probably sell it.
‘I think that would be fairest on everyone as I have another daughter too,’ she explains. ‘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 are always going to be secure and that’s a really nice feeling.’
The draw also raised vital funds for BHF to help fund its research and support work.
‘Partnering with Omaze has been a vital way for us to raise crucial funds at a time when Covid-19 has devastated our income,’ says BHF chief executive Dr Charmaine Griffiths. ‘The money raised is more than we could have imagined.’
Los Angeles-based Omaze has raised over £100 million, supporting more than 350 charities. Its third UK million-pound-home giveaway is already open to entrants, with a five-bedroom house in the Cotswolds up for grabs.
Maybe you could end up with the shock of a lifetime just like Marilyn and her family.
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