A woman who has lived in the same two-bedroom house in south east London for 40 years has won a £3 million home after buying a £10 raffle ticket.
Marilyn Pratt, 68, won the four-storey property in leafy Fulham in west London, via the second Omaze Million Pound House Draw, which also raised more than £1 million for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
The beautiful townhouse comes with three bedrooms, an office, a gym and a lovely walled garden, and is brightly and elegantly decorated throughout.
“My daughter has wanted to get on the property ladder for some time and I thought I’d try to win her a house,” Mrs Pratt said.
“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.”
Mrs Pratt, who lives with her husband of 45 years David in a semi-detached house in south-east London, has two daughters, London-based Jenny, 42, and Maggie, 41, who lives in Singapore.
She described the Fulham property as “absolutely beautiful,” but said she would probably sell it.
“I think that would be fairest on everyone as I have another daughter too,” she said.
“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.”
In the video, Marilyn can be seen reacting with pure shock as she discovers she’s won the grand prize in the million pound house draw, making her an instant millionaire.
The draw also raised much-needed money for BHF to help fund its research and support work.
BHF chief executive Dr Charmaine Griffiths said: “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.”
Los Angeles-based Omaze has raised over £100 million, supporting more than 350 charities around the world.
Its third UK million-pound-home giveaway is already open to entrants, with a five-bedroom house in the Cotswolds up for grabs.