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Did previous Omaze Prize Draw winners stay, sell or rent out their properties?

As another spectacular home is offered as the latest Omaze Prize Draw jackpot, how many previous winners actually stayed in their luxury properties?

Omaze prize draw winners - did they stay, sell, or rent out?
Omaze prize draw winners - did they stay, sell, or rent out?

A five-bedroom mansion in Cornwall worth £3 million is the latest home that could be won in an Omaze prize draw.

Situated just minutes away from St Agnes beach, the coastal retreat comes with a hot tub and panoramic views of the surrounding Cornish countryside. It comes mortgage free, with all stamp duty and legal fees covered.

A private driveway leads to a landscaped courtyard with ample parking - all framed by trees and nature-filled gardens. The property also boasts an open plan kitchen, dining and family area – with herringbone oak floors throughout.

The kitchen has a vaulted ceiling and features bespoke hand-built units with a long breakfast island seating area, built-in fridge/ freezer, three ovens and all the usual appliances you’d expect to find in a high-end property. There is also a walk-in pantry with oak shelves and an “American” style drinks fridge/freezer.

A five-bedroom coastal retreat with a hot tub and panoramic views of the surrounding Cornish countryside is up for grabs in the Omaze Million Pound House Draw. (SWNS)
A five-bedroom coastal retreat with a hot tub and panoramic views of the surrounding Cornish countryside is up for grabs in the Omaze Million Pound House Draw. (SWNS)
The property comes with a hot tub set amongst beautiful foliage. (SWNS)
The property comes with a hot tub set amongst beautiful foliage. (SWNS)
The property has large windows offering stunning views over St Agnes. (SWNS)
The property has large windows offering stunning views over St Agnes. (SWNS)

Graham Dunlop, from Southampton, Hampshire, recently became the latest person to pick up the keys to a multi-million-pound mansion after winning the Omaze Million Pound House Draw. The 52-year-old won the Spanish villa worth £3million after buying a second hand armchair online.

Winners of the Omaze draw can either live in the house they win, rent it out for a supplementary income or sell it to become a cash multi-millionaire.

Given the current cost of living crisis, some winners decided to sell up almost immediately after securing a home in the Omaze Million Pound House Draw?

Yahoo News UK looks at whether Omaze winners have decided to sell, rent or stay in their new homes.

The £3m Somerset Mansion

Winner: Michael Maher, 53, from Luton

Money raised for charity: £3,500,000 for the RSPCA

Michael Maher and wife Amanda outside the £3 million house in Somerset that they won in the Omaze draw. (SWNS)
Michael Maher and wife Amanda outside the £3 million house in Somerset that they won in the Omaze draw. (SWNS)

What they said: Maher paid just £10 for an Omaze ticket and in January won the keys to a £3million mansion and £100,000 in cash - after his family told him he'd "only win a toaster". He said after hearing the news: "It was your average Friday night really, apart from the fact we’d just become millionaires! My son and daughter asked us if they can quit their Saturday jobs now that we own a mansion - we said absolutely not, we want them to stay grounded."

What they did: Maher is still deciding what to do with the property he won in January 2024.

Outcome: TBC

The £1m Cheshire House 2020

Winner: Ian Garrick from Lincolnshire

Money raised for charity: £250,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust

Ian Garrick from Lincolnshire was one of the first ever Omaze prize draw winners. (Omaze)
Ian Garrick from Lincolnshire was one of the first ever Omaze prize draw winners. (Omaze)
Ian Garrick (Omaze)
Ian Garrick (Omaze)

What they said: The father-of-three lost his wife Julie to breast cancer about five years before he won the four-bedroom home in Cheadle Hulme. He paid £10 to purchase 15 entries to the draw. He said: "I’m completely overwhelmed. I can’t get my head around it. It will take some time to sink in. Things like this just don’t happen. I’m in shock. I’m still taking it all in at the moment."

What they did: Garrick announced his plan to sell the house immediately after winning and did so a year later in May 2021.

Outcome: SOLD

The £3m Fulham House 2020

Winner: Marilyn Pratt from Greater London

Money raised for charity: £1,000,000 for British Heart Foundation

What they said: Pratt bought a £10 ticket on the second last day of the draw in an effort to win a house for her daughter. She said: "It hasn’t sunk in at all. It makes me feel so happy that even though this has come at a later stage of my life, I know that my children are always going to be secure and that’s a really nice feeling. It’s very strange to think that I’m an instant multi-millionaire, it's only just starting to sink in."

What they did: At the time, Pratt said she intended to sell the house in order to support her daughters. The house was sold in April 2021.

Outcome: SOLD

Marilyn Pratt and her husband David who won the £3 million Fulham home. (PA)
Marilyn Pratt and her husband David who won the £3 million Fulham home. (PA)
Inside the £3 million home that Marilyn Pratt won. (PA)
Inside the £3 million home that Marilyn Pratt won. (PA)

The £2.5m Cotswolds House 2021

Winner: Darren Wordon from Bath

Money raised for charity: £500,000 for the Prince’s Trust

What they said: "‘This is life changing, thank you very very much. I can’t even begin to tell you how big this is for us."

What they did: Within seven months of winning, Wordon had put the Willowbrook House mansion in Oxfordshire back on the market, over concerns that it was prone to flooding. Omaze has since confirmed it's been sold.

Outcome: SOLD

Darren Wordon (Omaze)
Darren Wordon (Omaze)

The £3m Devon House 2021

Winner: Glen Elmy from Walsall

Money raised for charity: £1m for NSPCC

What they said: Elmy won the luxurious Stealth House five-bedroom home in Combe Martin Bay. He said: "This is a grand prize beyond anybody’s wildest dreams. I can't quite get my head around it. I think I'm still dreaming. I'm over the moon."

Foundry worker Glen Elmy, from Walsall, won the £3m coastal Devon property, but reportedly handed the keys back to Omaze and asked for an equivalent sum in cash. (NSPCC/Omaze)
Foundry worker Glen Elmy, from Walsall, won the £3m coastal Devon property, but reportedly handed the keys back to Omaze and asked for an equivalent sum in cash. (NSPCC/Omaze)
Glen Elmy (Omaze)
Glen Elmy (Omaze)

What they did: However, just three days after winning the house, he handed back the keys, over fears that it could collapse into the sea below. He has never moved into the property.

Outcome: DIDN'T MOVE IN

The £3.5m Wimbledon House 2021

Winner: Heekyoung Jin from Wallington, south London

Money raised for charity: £500,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

Heekyoung Jin, her partner Tom Hall and their son Lukas. (PA)
Heekyoung Jin, her partner Tom Hall and their son Lukas. (PA)
The kitchen and dining area inside the stunning Wimbledon property. (PA)
The kitchen and dining area inside the stunning Wimbledon property. (PA)

What they said: Jin entered the draw to win the four-bedroom house in south west London to support Great Ormond Street Hospital, where her son had been treated since he was three months old after a tumour was found on his chest. She said: “It’s surreal! I can’t believe it could happen to us. We’re super excited for our family’s future. It’s life-changing."

What they did: Jin and her husband, Tom Hall, have not sold the property.

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Outcome: STAYED

The £3.5m Ascot House 2021

Winner: Becca Pott from Leyton, east London

Money raised for charity: £500,000 for Cancer Research UK

The house won by Becca Pott and her husband Ben in Ascot. (PA)
The house won by Becca Pott and her husband Ben in Ascot. (PA)

What they said: Pott bought a £10 ticket for the draw when her husband Ben forgot to enter. She said: "It’s going to change our family’s life in a way we never thought would be possible."

What they did: Pott and her husband Ben decided to keep the house.

Outcome: STAYED

Becca Pott, right, with her husband Ben and their daughter Ava. (Omaze)
Becca Pott, right, with her husband Ben and their daughter Ava. (Omaze)

The £3m Lake District House 2021

Winner: Catherine Carwardine from Telford

Money raised for charity: £1m for Alzheimer’s Research UK

What they said: “At first, we didn’t believe it as it was April’s Fools’ Day. We thought the kids were playing a prank on us. Still cannot believe we have won and are in shock and probably will be for a while."

What they did: After her win, Carwardine said she planned to rent out the Post Knott Lodge in Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Outcome: RENTED

Catherine Carwardine, right, and her husband, Chris. (Omaze)
Catherine Carwardine, right, and her husband, Chris. (Omaze)

The £3.5m Cotswolds House 2022

Winner: Susan Havenhand from Taunton

Money raised for charity: £1m for the RSPCA

The Cotswolds which was won by Susan Havenhand (right) in the Omaze Million Pound House Draw, she is pictured with her husband John, daughter Harriet and grandchildren. (PA)
The Cotswolds which was won by Susan Havenhand (right) in the Omaze Million Pound House Draw, she is pictured with her husband John, daughter Harriet and grandchildren. (PA)
The £3.5m, six-bedroom house also has a stunning swimming pool. (PA)
The £3.5m, six-bedroom house also has a stunning swimming pool. (PA)

What they said: "We thought people never actually win these things, and even though we’re at the house now, it still feels like we’re dreaming, we keep waiting to wake up. It just goes to show you’ve got to be in it to win it."

What they did: Neighbours said Havenhand and her family never moved into the property and it was sold a while later.

Outcome: SOLD

The £3m Cornwall House 2022

Winner: Uttam Parmar from Leicestershire

Money raised for charity: £1m for Blood Cancer UK

What they said: “I’ve always considered myself a lucky person, firstly because of my wonderful family – but I’ve also won a few bits such as a TV and coffee table – which I was pretty happy with to be honest - I never dreamed I’d win anything as extravagant as a £3m house.”

What they did: Parmar decided to sell the house because of the high cost of the upkeep and it was put on the market. Omaze have since confirmed that it's been sold.

Outcome: SOLD

Uttam Parmar, right, with wife Raki, centre, and son Aaron, left. (Omaze)
Uttam Parmar, right, with wife Raki, centre, and son Aaron, left. (Omaze)

The £2.5m Kent House 2022

Winner: Jade from the Midlands

Money raised for charity: £750,000 for Global's Make Some Noise

Jade, from the Midlands, won the four-bedroom beachfront house in 2022. (Omaze)
Jade, from the Midlands, won the four-bedroom beachfront house in 2022. (Omaze)

What they said: "There will never be quite enough words to describe how this whole experience has felt to me and my family. We are still overwhelmed but we know that this will hopefully help our family for a very long time to come."

What they did: She put the house on the market shortly after winning it.

Outcome: PUT UP FOR SALE

The £2m Marbella House 2022

Winner: Mark from Wigan

Money raised for charity: £800,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust

The stunning £2million pound dream villa in Marbella won by Mark, from Wigan. (SWNS)
The stunning £2million pound dream villa in Marbella won by Mark, from Wigan. (SWNS)
The house in Marbella was Omaze's first draw with a prize outside of the UK. (SWNS)
The house in Marbella was Omaze's first draw with a prize outside of the UK. (SWNS)

What they said: "Still in shock, you enter not really expecting to win. Having had a sleepless night, the enormity of winning such a prize is both exhilarating and daunting, my head is spinning with the realisation of the financial security this prize now bring to my family."

What they did: He sold the property shortly after winning the prize.

Outcome: SOLD

The £2.5m Lake District House 2022

Winner: Grant Carson from Glasgow

Money raised for charity: £850,000 for Dogs Trust.

What they said: “When the Omaze team rang my doorbell I couldn’t quite believe it at first, it’s not your average Friday night that someone comes to your door and tells you that you’ve won a £2.5m house! I’ve never really won anything before this, but now I might be one of the luckiest men in Scotland!"

Grant Carson, 58, has spent his working life helping disabled people find accessible housing - but now has his own sprawling home in the Lake District. (SWNS)
Grant Carson, 58, has spent his working life helping disabled people find accessible housing - but now has his own sprawling home in the Lake District. (SWNS)
Grant Carson (Omaze)
Grant Carson (Omaze)

What they did: Carson put the property up for sale six months later.

Outcome: SOLD

The £3m London II House 2022

Winner: Kevin Johnson from east London

Money raised for charity: £2m for the British Heart Foundation

What they said: "My knees almost gave way and my chest felt like it was on fire – I was gobsmacked! I'm just a regular hard-working guy who gets up early for work in the morning, comes home in the evening, and spends time with my family. Things like this just do not happen to normal guys like myself.”

What they did: Johnson and his wife, Dee, have decided to remain in the property.

Outcome: STAYED

Kevin Johnson, right, and his wife, Dee. (Omaze)
Kevin Johnson, right, and his wife, Dee. (Omaze)

The £4.5m Cornwall House 2023

Winner: June Smith from Essex

Money raised for charity: £2.1m for Marie Curie

What they said: "Never in my wildest dreams would I expect to win anything like this. It will have enough room for all my family to holiday together."

The Cornish waterside mansion worth £4.5m. (SWNS)
The Cornish waterside mansion worth £4.5m. (SWNS)
June Smith from Essex. (Omaze/SWNS)
June Smith from Essex. (Omaze/SWNS)

What they did: Smith, a grandmother of six, put the house overlooking the Fowey Estuary up for sale almost immediately.

Outcome: SOLD

The most recent winners of Omaze houses this year are Oceanne Belle from Barking; Jon from Berkshire; Simon Williams from West Sussex, who, according to the MailOnline, has yet to move into the £2m house he won in Devon; Daren Bell from Bournemouth; Eliza Yahioglu from London and Will Satherley from Cardiff.

A spokesperson for Omaze told Yahoo News UK: “Omaze Grand Prize winners receive £100,000 in cash to help them settle in and maintain their new property.

"Estimated costs for each house are available for entrants to view on the Omaze website.

"Winners can decide to either live in the house, rent it out for a supplementary income or sell it to become a cash multi-millionaire.

"They are free to put the house on the market and bank the cash as soon as they get the keys, it’s totally up to the winner what they want to do with their life changing prize.

"Omaze is delighted to have created 22 millionaires whilst also raising £31m for good causes in the UK since it launched here.”

The current Omaze draw is offering the chance to win a £3m five-bedroom house in the Cotswolds, plus £100,000 cash.