Win a £1.7m Devon Development In a New Win a House Competition

Posted on: October 2nd, 2008 by Jason 26 Comments

As the price of houses slide and home sales decline, the win a House phenomena continues to gather pace! Jumping on the bandwagon this week is a brand new site called Win a Development. In this competition you can win not one house but four luxury Devon apartments worth a total of £1.72 million pounds. The ticket price is £50 and the developers are hoping to sell 45000 of them before giving away the property to a lucky winner.

Win a Devon Development

The prize includes stamp duty paid, legal fees paid and a year of council tax paid on all the apartments. 2.25% of gross ticket sales will also go to the charity Help the Heroes. If the 45000 tickets are not sold by 28th December the competition may either run on for 2 further months or a cash prize draw held. Up to 35% of the sales may go towards running costs if the cash prize draw option is exercised.

This competition may spark a bit more interest than other new win a house competitions. The prize is substantial and offers someone the chance to own a property folio overnight so it has the life changing element that made the Devon Estate so popular.

The downside may be the cost! £50 per ticket is double the cost of a ticket for the Oldborough Estate competition and that may put people off having a punt especially in the run up to Christmas.

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  1. devon007 says:

    It is undoubted in a lovely spot – I can almost see this development from my house 🙂 BUT I reckon when the wind blows (which it does often) you’ll be in quite an open area on your balcony/decking. And don’t forget the old saying “Come to sunny Devon, where it rains 6 days out of 7, and on the 7th it pours down” 🙂

  2. linasi says:

    Do you know…I may well be tempted by this… May ask for it as my Christmas present…. usually ask for a couple of DVD box sets which are watched in a coupld of weeks or so…..but a development like this..worth a punt, eh?

  3. Marname says:

    The apartments look wonderful but I’m just wondering about further development plans – those views would not be very tempting if a large development plan was given the go-ahead or if a bypass were to cut close by. Worth checking with the competition organisers I think. Also why an architect’s six year guarantee and not a ten year NHBC? Just a thought

  4. robinstott says:

    is vat payable on the ticket sales of these competitions, seeing as its personal stuff that’s being given as prizes

  5. robinstott says:

    reply to marname. As an ex NHBC registered builder, Can’t say too much for legal reasons, but give me the architects certificate, if I have a choice.

  6. robinstott says:

    has anybody heard anything about the Wilshaw’s comp, yet?

  7. Consultantwan says:

    Hi robin,

    latest updates can be found at

    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=405240383

    last update was they were expecting a reply from the GC possibly today! but they haven’t posted so presumably it didn’t arrive 🙁

  8. tubbyj says:

    GC have now replied and it looks like it is not favourible.

    “We have now received a response from the Gambling Commission, however it is still throwing up inconsistencies with advice that they have given to the public and to us on previous occasions.

    As a result of this our lawyers are again looking into it further.”

    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=405240383

  9. Pluckyduck says:

    I’m watching most of the win a house comps, including mine. I reckon most will fail the tests to make them a Prize Draw and will be declared lotteries. Now, I take exception to the following, taken from the list of comps. “Few are close to selling their ticket quotas and that is a useful guide to whether you should enter at the moment. If a site doesn’t show many (or any) ticket sales then we think they should be avoided”. I disagree. You should look at the property, the location and the (important) odds. Would you like to live in the house/area? Could you afford, e.g. the Council Tax! If you invest £25 just look at the odds, work out what you could sell the place for, (ignore it’s valuation) and decide. Low ticket sales are most likely due to people waiting for the Devon draw to be decided. To conclude, spending £25 to win either a house or a pot of cash is a no brainer providing people get behind the concept.

  10. jason says:

    “If a site doesn’t show many (or any) ticket sales then we think they should be avoided” … no I think that’s a pretty good starting point to consider things from. The points you make after that are valid, but if ticket sales are slow to non-existent (as has been the case before the Devon Estate competition when no house competition ever completed… these things have been around for a number of years) then keep your money for another day.. it’s not like they will sell out overnight now is it ;o)

  11. robinstott says:

    I think pluckyduck has a good point, the devon competition started with the first ticket sale, according to your theory, everyone should have avoided it, including me, my £25 quid is still in never never land, thanks to the GC

  12. jason says:

    If you take things in context – i.e. out of several win a house competitions which one should you consider from the list we have .. the one’s that are selling are probably worth more of a look than the one’s that aren’t.

    Why are they selling? More desirable property, good publicity, large cash prize if they don’t fulfill.

    Some of the competitions (and one’s previous to the Devon property) have had media interest but few sales – that means they’re probably not going to reach the full quota, that means if you have £25 for a punt on one of the comps – go for one that’s selling… therefore our point is valid.

    Of course someone has to start things off… but a bit of time and consideration doesn’t hurt – as like I said above… these things never suddenly just sell out.

  13. Pluckyduck says:

    … the one’s that are selling are probably worth more of a look than the one’s that aren’t. But are they? If you simply fancy a punt for the cash prize then as more tickets are sold the more the odds turn against you. My comp has a limit of 11,000 succesfull tickets, which I believe is better odds than 20,000, 30,000, 40,000 or 50,000. In the end I believe it matters not whether the house or a pot of cash is won. I think the Devon comp, allied to the mortgage famine has fired the publics’ imagination, it’s just a shame they made such a b*****ks of it, I hope it don’t stop future comps.

  14. jason says:

    The Devon Comp wasn’t the first win a house competition, and it’s taken 5 years or so for one to reach the end. I disagree the mortgage famine is why it worked though.

    I think the Devon Comp worked simply because it offered a “lifestyle” element that other previous competitions didn’t have. Not only did you win a house, you got land and a business – so for £25 you could (in theory at least) start a whole new life.

    It also benefited from good media coverage and having had sales already registered (previous comps also had media help, but that rarely got them sales) .

    When people saw that at say 20,000 ticket sales the possible prize money was a sizeable 6 figure sum, then it snowballed – and as the magical 46,000 got in sight, the comp ran itself at that point.

  15. winadevelopment says:

    Ok, I have finally been beaten by the Gaming commission and I am stopping the competition FOR NOW. All money is being returned by Paypal.
    Someone will win this development, probably in March 2009 and when I bring it back it will be with a payment partner (not paypal, no pal of mine).
    The commission told me that there is one competition out there that is legal, Who are you ?
    Cliff Rawlinson

  16. Pluckyduck says:

    OK, enlighten us, what aspect of your comp let you down? It would help us to further understand the GC.

  17. Demelzza says:

    Having just launched my own competition for the beach house in Shoreham, I have to tell you, it is quite a minefield, treading around the various aspects of organising these things. Apart from the GC, who I have spoken with on three occasions for guidance about what makes a competition and not a lottery; I then felt a specialist solicitor would lead me in the right direction and help me to understand the way of these things. He was terrific. My main hurdle, and only discovered three days before opening, was PayPal. I opened an account, thought all was well, until I checked on it, only to be told they won’t support these house comps. Ouch! I hope some of you will support the competition and enter, it’s a great place to be and I would love someone to win this house and it’s view! Good Luck Everyone!

  18. stixanstones says:

    stixanstones says
    It would appear that everyone running a win a house draw is watching each other’s progress, I just wonder do they enter each others draws as well, because unlike other types of business the more of these type of draws that come to a sucessful conclusion the more confidence the ticket buying public will have in them. Your biggest problem is not the quality or location of the prizes it’s confidence that there will be an eventual prize

  19. stixanstones says:

    I see your opinion of the Pickahouse site has not changed from last month even though the entry setup has been completly changed it is more like the sucessfill winalondonpad draw now. I have bought an entry in this draw along with some of the others and was waiting on your review of the new layout, Apart from noting the sales count did you even look at it

  20. jason says:

    @stixanstones – if competitions change then you’re more than welcome to let us know via contact forms etc that are on the site – it’s a great help when our users do this! When we do the sales count we do visit the sites and look for anything new – however we do miss things. Win a House is a fraction of what Loquax does and if you look around you might see just how busy we are running the whole site.

  21. Pluckyduck says:

    Here’s an update on my comp, “winahousefor25pounds.com” In Cheshire!

    There are 7 multiple choice questions, plus a survey as to the general publics’ perception of the meaning of the word “significant”.

    There is a maximum of 11,000 successful tickets, ticket price is £25.

    Ticket price is £25,

  22. Pluckyduck says:

    “www.winahousefor25pounds.com” has a side draw prize of £1000 for entrants who fail to answers the Qs correctly. We have decided to use the side draw as a promotional tool and will declare a winner every time there are 50 entrants in it. There are nearly enough people in this draw to warrant drawing a winner so the first will be declared on July 31st. Check the website for the winner.

  23. Piffyonarockbun says:

    Just been reading these messages and thought I’d throw in a few comments.

    Firstly I don’t understand why they have to be so expensive to enter. People (including me) spend £1.50 – £2 a time on Daily Star Sunday comps, for instance, and only feel mildly guilty about spending the money. However, £25 or more is a big chunk of money for many people and so they are less likely to spend it, despite the massive prize opportunity.

    If someone offered tickets for a couple of quid, or a fiver, I’d guess there would be a lot more entrants, I don’t understand why someone’s not mentioned this before (or maybe they have and I’ve not noticed). I can only imagine how much money is made by the phone-in comps and voting lines, but would expect it to be a lot.

    Lots of us have been spending plenty of money on Magnums, finding them at the cheapest price possible, but buying several boxes that we wouldn’t usually. We are still spending a fair amount of money to enter a comp, it just doesn’t feel as much in smaller doses!

    Secondly, it is presumably difficult, in this day and age, to find a question to pose to the entrants that needs skill, as it’s very easy to share the answer(s) and research on the internet. Some people are using spot-the-ball instead, I notice but why does no-one appear to go down the tiebreaker route to decide the winner? Just curious.

  24. clairb says:

    hi all i entered the win a cabin comp but i have heard nothing to date they had a closing day in may then it was end of june but i have not found out anything. did anyone else enter??

  25. Pluckyduck says:

    To answer ‘Piffyonarockbun’, I guess the £25 ticket price was a copy of the Devon comp, people seemed willing to spend £25. The higher the ticket price the better the odds, http://www.winahousefor25pounds.com has only 11,000 tickets. I could reduce the price but have to increase the amount of tickets. As to the questions, we have seven and the failure/deterance rate is about 30% so I’m happy to use questions and a draw, not spot the flippin’ ball or a stupid, subjective, tie break question. Just to repeat, the first side draw for £1000 takes place July 31st, get your tickets now!!!

  26. Piffyonarockbun says:

    Pluckyduck – thanks for replying, I understand what you’re saying. However, I enter far less of these comps than I would if they were a £2 sms and I would guess a lot of others feel the same!

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