Couple raffle off £250,000 house and their car for £2 so they can move to Australia

The couple are selling £2 tickets to raffle off their possessions

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An adventurous couple who dream of moving to Australia have decided to raffle off their £250,000 house and their car hoping to make their dream come true.

Gemma and Anthony Reid are selling £2 tickets to give their home and 2010 VW Polo worth around £5,000 to a lucky winner.

For the price of a coffee, a person could bag a new home and a new car.

The couple think they might hit the jackpot and make nearly £100,000 over the asking price for the property, reports Bristol Live.

Gemma, 37, was made redundant from her retail job in August 2020 and now hopes to move to Australia early next year to be able to start a new life there.

She moved with Anthony, 38, into the house in Salford, Greater Manchester in 2018 when his mum Winifred – who co-owned it – passed from lung cancer.

The house boasts a modern, stylish kitchen
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This means the couple's journey is rather emotional as they have memories linked to the property.

But the pair, who have a four-year-old son, Max, think they could start a better life in Brisbane, Queensland.

Gemma's older brother, Mark, 50, emigrated to Australia with his family several years ago so moving to Australia could be a chance for them to be close to each other.

The couple are now awaiting approval for their visas to be allowed to go to Australia.

After Gemma was made redundant in August, the couple decided to focus on a future in Australia
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Gemma said: "Lockdown halted all house sales and when the restrictions were lifted, although there was interest in our property, there were also some silly offers made, including one for just £100,000 and the only serious buyer pulled out at the last minute.

“Then, when we used a company called The Down Under Group to help us with our visa applications, we saw that some families had successfully raffled their homes, so they could make the move.”

She added: “One family who live close to us here sold their house by raffling it in just six weeks, so we just looked at each other and thought, ‘Why not?”

The house was valued at just £140,000 when Gemma and Anthony moved in.

The couple have spent time and money doing up their house
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But after spending £30,000 on renovations, they increased its value to £250,000.

They also did some of the work themselves – for example, Gemma said she painted the interior.

The mum-of-one, who hopes they will move early next year, said: “It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to emigrate to Australia and Anthony wants to move there, too.

"We’ve been over several times and have travelled around, so we know we want to live in Brisbane, which is about a 2hr 20min flight away from my brother in Victoria.

For just £2 you could be the new owner of this swanky bathroom
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“It’s a really vibrant place and sunnier than Victoria, so we really would be living the dream of a better life, although when we first get there we’ll stay with my brother for a month or so while we find our feet.”

As they wait for their visas, the couple are now trying to sell as many £2 tickets as possible for the house.

Participants can buy as many tickets as they want but to enter they have to answer the question: "Which animal comes from Australia?"

The draw, which went live on September 7 and runs until January 31 2021, opened with a total of 200,000 tickets for sale and by the start of November, 34,054 had already been snapped up.

The couple will be moving to Australia with their son, Max
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To make it possible, the couple first registered with a company called Raffall which is running the draw by taking the ticket money and generating the winner at the end.

If all the tickets sell it will generate £400,000 from which Raffall takes 10 per cent – or £40,000 – and the winner will be revealed during a Facebook Live event hosted by Gemma and Anthony.

The couple will then receive the rest of the money, some of which they will use to cover the winner’s house-buying legal fees.

If all the tickets sell, it will generate a whopping £400,000, most of which the couple will be able to spend on their new adventure
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But if tickets sales reach 170,000, generating £340,000 but falling short of the target £400,000, then Gemma says they will still let the house go and accept reduced profits.

And if ticket sales are below 170,000, the winner will receive 75 per cent of the money generated, with the remaining 25 per cent being taken by Raffall. So, if only 100,000 tickets sold, the winner would get £150,000 and Raffall would take £50,000, with Gemma and Anthony keeping the house.

You can buy tickets here or on Facebook and Instagram @oakhouseraffle