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£1.7million Mearns mansion won’t be a raffle prize, owner admits

The mansion was put up as a raffle prize.
The mansion was put up as a raffle prize.

The plug has been pulled on a raffle offering punters the chance to bag a £1.7 million Mearns mansion for just £25 after too few tickets were sold.

Donna Pirie put her stunning six-bedroom home near Laurencekirk up as the top prize in the unusual draw in the hope of raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.

But after twice extending the closing date for ticket sales, Ms Pirie has now said stunning Johnston Lodge will not find a new prize draw owner.

However, a huge cash prize awaits the winner of a draw from the entries submitted, with three other entrants due to win £10,000.

There was an “amazing” initial response to the raffle when the mum-of-two revealed the chance to win her home for the past eight years, which she decided was too big for her after her children moved out.

Boasting en-suites in each bedroom and a bespoke kitchen fitted with top of the range appliances, Ms Pirie pledged £5 from every £25 ticket to the Yard charity, which provides adventure play services for youngsters with disabilities.

She hoped to hit a £750,000 charity target, and offered the lucky winner four years’ running costs for the magnificent property.

The raffle deadline was originally scheduled for early last December, before being extended until December 20 in an effort to still give someone the chance of winning the stunning home in time for Christmas.

Ms Pirie then said it would run until the end of March, but has now admitted defeat in her raffle effort.

On her Win a Mansion for Christmas website, she said: “Unfortunately we did not receive sufficient entries for the house to become the prize.”

She is now preparing to pick a winner for the prize fund of raffle entries

“The main prize now becomes the cash fund and the winner of the main prize can disclose at their discretion, the amount they win,” she said.

“There will be a further three additional £10,000 prizes drawn.”

“The Yard will receive a great donation thanks to everyone who entered.

“This has been quite a journey. I would have loved for the house to have been the main prize.”

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