‘Shocked’ mum wins £300k cottage after buying £5 raffle ticket

A lucky mum-of-two has won a £300,000 cottage with a raffle ticket costing just £5.

Janet Shepherd, from St Helens, now owns the beautiful, 200-year-old cottage, in North Wales, after entering a competition back in March.

The competition was being run by Katherine Jablonowska and Ryan Mclean, who decided to raffle off the home as a prize, with tickets costing £5 each.

Janet, who is a civil servant, ‘went into shock’ after her raffle ticket was pulled out of the hat on September 30.

The property boasts stunning views of Snowdonia National Park, a bespoke kitchen and two double bedrooms.

Katherine Jablonowska and Ryan Mclean bought the property and began developing it in May 2018 – working 14-hour days to turn it into something they were proud of

The 40-year-old told the ECHO: “It has been a whirlwind. It will be a few weeks until we get the keys, I think when we start putting our own things into the cottage then it will start to feel real.

“It was obviously a shock when I found out, I was at work having my lunch, it was hard to carry on with work in the afternoon.”

Janet said the reaction of friends, family and even people she has never met before has been really positive and uplifting.

She said: “I think it’s just a little bit of happiness that everyone has needed at the moment, especially with us all going back into lockdown again.

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“It shows that there is some good going on in the world in a dark time.”

Owners Katherine, 33, and Ryan, 41, raised more than £65,000 for The Children’s Society after donating £1 from each raffle ticket to charity.

The couple enjoyed organising the competition so much they have now launched consultancy business CwellynDream Raffle Management.

They hope to help anyone who wants to sell their home through a raffle like theirs.

A couple spent nearly two years renovating a two-bed cottage – and are now selling it in a raffle for just £5.

Ryan said: “For us, the draw was something we’ve looked forward to since the beginning.

“Speaking with Janet for the first time and telling her she’d won the house was very surreal.

“It took three tries to get through and we weren’t sure if anyone was going to answer.

“When she did, it just felt amazing to tell her. I don’t think anyone could blame her for being a bit overwhelmed.

“By the end of the phone call, it definitely got a bit emotional, even for us.

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“We can’t think of anyone else, we’d rather give our home too and we can’t wait to meet the whole family.”

It was the charity aspect that Janet said first caught her attention and encouraged her to enter, she said: “I bought two tickets and I thought there is no way I’m going to win but the money is going to a good charity and it will make a difference.

“When I entered it was the beginning of lockdown so everyone was beginning to struggle and I kind of wanted to give that back.”

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