Dental technician delays ‘house raffle’ prize draw

A dental technician, hoping to sell his home in Devon in an online raffle, has delayed the draw until July.

Stephen Sickelmore, 49, and his wife, Caroline, are raffling their seaside home in the hope of raising the £490,000 it was originally on the market for.

Tickets cost £25 each, and the winner will also get other benefits including their stamp duty paid, legal fees and a contribution towards moving expenses, plus an up-front payment of 12 months’ council tax of £1,700 for the Band E property.


The five-year-old detached Summer Breeze is in Old Gatehouse Road, Dawlish, and comes with sea views, split-level design and three bathrooms. The couple have lived there since it was built.


The couple have also pledged that 3.6% of the prize fund – up to £25,000 – will be donated to the local Force cancer charity.


The prize draw’s original date was Friday 24 April, but on the website – – Stephen says: ‘The competition is to be extended for a further three months to 24 July 2009 to ensure we give the competition the chance of selling all of the tickets (terms & conditions, part 28). We will endeavour to have more publicity ensuring that all entrants, in their good faith, have the best possible chance of winning Summer Breeze.’

‘With over 1/4 million hits on our site someone will definitely win our house. We now expect all tickets to sell by 24 July 2009.’

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