Woman puts £4.5m mansion up for sale less than three months after winning it in raffle

June Smith celebrating

June Smith won the Cornish mansion back in May

Holly Bishop

By Holly Bishop

Published: 01/08/2023

- 14:03

June Smith chose to put her new three-storey home back on the market so she could use the money from it to support her family

A widowed grandmother has put her luxury Cornish mansion back on the market, just three months after winning the £4.5million home in a raffle.

June Smith, 74, won the lavish three-storey home back in May, after entering an Omaze Million Pound House Draw with a £25 ticket.

The mansion was said to be the biggest-ever house prize given away in a draw in Britain. It came mortgage free, with all stamp duty and legal fees covered.

She celebrated the incredible news by calling her children and opened a bottle of red wine after her success in the raffle.

The \u00a34.5million property

The £4.5million mansion is now back on the market


The 74-year-old could decide if she wanted to live in the house, rent it out or sell it. Local estate agents estimated it could achieve up to £14,000 a week during peak holiday season.

June initially said that she would keep the house for a while, planning to make the most of its impressive built-in yoga studio.

However, just three months later, the Cornish property has featured on property website, Rightmove.

The former bookkeeper said she had decided to sell so that she could use the money to help her children and grandchildren “with the next chapter in their lives”.

“Winning this house has been an incredible experience, I still can't believe it all actually happened to me, it still feels so surreal," she said.

June and her family decided to have one last family altogether in the house before she put it up on the market.

“The house is just wonderful and it's been a magical holiday that we'll remember forever”, she added.

“I knew winning this house would be life changing for all my family, and that's why I've decided to sell now, as I want to use the money to help all my children and grandchildren with the next chapter in their lives.

"The money is going to make such a huge difference to all of us."

June was not alone in her decision to put up her raffle prize up for sale.

June Smith and her family

June Smith has decided to sell the house and use the money to help her children and grandchildren


Britain’s first Omaze winner, policeman Ian Garrick, from Lincolnshire, sold his new £1million house in Chesire, as soon as he possibly could.

He said: “I didn't want to move across the country and leave friends and family, but it did change my life as it enabled me to take early retirement from the police and lay down solid foundations for financial security for me and my sons.”

His wife Julie had died from cancer five years prior to his Omaze win and he said the prize gave him and his sons a moral boost after years “in limbo”.

Catherine Carwadine from Wolverhampton was the lucky recipient of a £3million house overlooking Lake Windermere, last April.

Yet she revealed earlier this year that she was now renting out the property.

The mansion is described on the listing as “a striking, state-of-the-art waterfront home commanding an elevated position over the Fowey Estuary with uninterrupted, panoramic views.”

Viewings are being organised exclusively organised by JB estate agents and the site’s mortgage calculator estimates monthly repayments of £26,467 over the next 25 years.

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