Another house price raffle has closed amid rancour, and with cash prizes being awarded instead of the property originally promoted.
The latest closure is of the so-called Millionaire Mansion in Devon.
Back in November of last year it was announced that the result of the £10-a-ticket lottery, the prize for which was a house described as being worth £2.3m, would be delayed by a year. It launched in late 2017.
In addition to the house, prizes included a Rolls Royce, £50,000 cash and staff for a year.
Having blamed “technical difficulties” for the delay announced in late 2018, the family behind the project have now posted on the competition website a notice saying the entire competition is cancelled.
The notice says running the competition has “at all times been very difficult and obstacles relentless” and that they have “given our upmost [sic] to make this work and have always done what we thought right.”
The notice also says: “Recently some people have complained to the Advertising Standards Authority and to date this has cost us a significant amount in legal fees.”
Some 20 per cent of the monies raised will be paid to 11 charities set out by the family; some cash prizes have also been awarded to entrants.
Last week the ASA ruled on two complaints lodged about another house raffle competition; in addition, the authority found an additional problem with an extension to the raffle.
You can see the Millionaire Mansion notice here.