How a £2 raffle ticket could win you a £545,000 countryside house

A family home worth nearly £550,000 is being raffled off - with tickets priced at £2 each.

Shrubbery Farmhouse, in Longnor, Shropshire was valued at £545,000 by estate agents, before the family who own it decided to take an alternative route to selling their house.

Credit: Michael Chatha

I had read about a few people that had tried raffling their house previously, but they were nearly all branded as a failure or dishonest.

Michael Chatha, home owner

280,000 tickets have already been sold, and a draw will take place on 14 February. A random number generator will be used to find the winner, and the organisers say the draw will be witnessed by a solicitor and press representatives.

Any money raised above the value of the house, will go to charity.

Credit: Michael Chatha

The organisers maintain the sale is all being done in line with rules and regulations.

We are 100% legal and ethically correct too.

Michael Chatha, home owner
Credit: Michael Chatha

The sellers made £540,000 of ticket sales in seven days which they believe could make it a record breaking property raffle.

They say the overwhelming majority of tickets have been sold to UK residents, with around 60% coming from Shropshire and the West Midlands, although there are no bulk buyers of tickets.

The house is up for sale because the couple are divorcing after 25 years.