An innovative competition held by a New Zealand couple, which saw them put their home up as the prize, saw massive interest and now the winner has been revealed.
In November 2009, Murray and Michelle Smith announced they were giving up their home in the North Island town of Cambridge, about an hour south of the New Zealand capital of Auckland, to raise funds to build a new church and community centre.
All entrants had to do was spend $NZ25 on a set of six Waipa District photographs which automatically entered them into the draw to win the house, which has views over Lake Karapiro, a cedar conservatory, an open-plan kitchen-dining area, a separate lounge and two guest units.
They bought the land, in a rural residential subdivision, in 2000 and the house was built off modified plans of a similar house in Auckland.
Over 50,000 people entered and a total of $1,226,422 was raised. The winner, Warwick Hutchinson, spent just $25 and obviously cannot believe his luck.
Neither can Murray and Michelle – the competition raised over $200,000 in excess of the property’s value.