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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.

Credit: Mike Chatha

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.