After almost a year since they appeared on The BBC and over six months since they sold the final ticket and The Gambling Commission stepped in to investigate the competition, The Wilshaws of Oldborough Retreat have finally concluded their win a house competition. Not only have they made someone the owner of a huge Devon estate with fishing for just £25 they have become the most successful win a house competition ever in the UK. The winning ticket was announced on 19th May 2009. If you’re the ticket holder then you’re about to become the owner of a 5 bedroom home in Devon along with 11 acres of woodland, lakes and fishing lodges.
What Happens Now?
Well, The Wilshaws now have to attempt to contact the winner “first by phone, then by email and post”. They have a month to find the winner before an alternative winner is selected. Let’s hope that the lucky new owner steps forward asap so that this competition doesn’t suffer any more setbacks. If all’s ok and the legalities are sorted then the winner will be officially announced! A huge congratulations to the winner and much respect to The Wilshaws for completing their win a house competition. We still wonder, however, whether this will be the start of more successful competitions or merely a blip on an otherwise difficult way to sell a property.