Winner revealed of £500,000 country house as 23-year-old who still lives at home with her parents

The winner of a £500,000 country home has been revealed as a 23-year-old who was still living with her parents, and saving up to get her foot on the property ladder.

The owners of Shrubbery Farm in Longnor, Shropshire, decided to sell their home through a raffle - with tickets costing just £2 each.

The draw took place at lunchtime today using a random generator, and witnessed by several members of the press and the owner's solicitor.

The winning ticket number was number 353911, belonging to Jemma Nicklin, from Bilston in Wolverhampton.

Credit: Jemma Nicklin

She'd bought two tickets, after her parents had encouraged her to enter.

Credit: Jemma Nicklin

It took several attempts to get through to let her know the good news, with Mike Chatha, the owner, leaving a voicemail before finally contact was made and Mike was able to say, "You have won my house."

  • This was the moment she found out she'd won

Credit: Mike Chatha

Jemma says she still hasn't decided what she's going to do with the house, as it's a fair distance from her work.

Credit: Mike 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 were sold to UK residents, with around 60% coming from Shropshire and the West Midlands, although there are no bulk buyers of tickets.