Kevin Johnson, 34, who currently rents a property with his wife and four sons, says his ‘knees almost gave way’ when he learned he’d scooped up a London townhouse worth £3,000,000 after purchasing an Omaze Million Pound House Draw ticket for just £50.
The top prize in a raffle to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, the four-bed Victorian building is located in Islington, just down the road from where Kevin and his family currently live. They’ll also receive £100,000 to help out if they choose to move in.
The dad-of-four said: ‘We’re still pinching ourselves, whatever we decide to do long term, this is going to give us so much security as a family, it’s truly life changing for all of us.
‘We’ve always wanted to own our own house one day, so this really is a dream come true for us – we’ll be moving in as soon as we can.
‘When Omaze first called me, I recognized the lady’s voice from the TV adverts, so thought it must be genuine – but I didn’t for one second think we’d won the actual house!
When the team arrived at my doorstep to tell me the good news – I was so shocked my knees almost gave way!
‘My wife was on her way home from work so I video called her straight away – she didn’t believe me at first, but when she saw the camera crew the penny finally dropped.
‘She screamed and turned her phone around to tell the packed train that we’d just won the Omaze house – all the other commuters started clapping – it was crazy.
‘I won’t need to use any of my carpentry skills on the house as it’s absolutely perfect – the kids are going to love it.’
Kevin and his wife Dee can now choose to move into the four-bedroom house or rent the property out for an estimated income of between £6,000 and £7,000 a month.
James Oakes, Chief International Officer at Omaze said: ‘We’re thrilled that Kevin and his family have won their dream home – and that he was able to contribute towards our biggest charity raise ever.
‘We’re incredibly proud that the Omaze community raised a staggering £2,000,000 for the British Heart Foundation in such a short space of time.’ – Metro