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The ‘Omaze curse’ strikes again: Mansion overlooking Gleneagles golf course becomes the latest property to go back on the market – as it is sold for £4.2million just six months after it was won in raffle draw

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An Omaze mansion overlooking Gleneagles golf course has been sold for more than £4million just six months after it was won in the draw.

The property near Auchterarder, Perthshire was the top prize in an Omaze Million Pound House Draw last year – the first to be held in Scotland.

In November the firm announced the winner as Jon from Berkshire who described it as ‘a dream come true’.

No further details were given about the winner but he revealed he is a regular subscriber to Omaze’s charity house draws which cost just £10 to enter.

Winners of the Omaze draws can cash in by having the house sold rather than move into it and it is understood he chose this option.

Property records show the seven bedroom house was sold earlier this month to a businessman based in the south of England for £4,210,000.

However, winner Jon is not alone in selling his whopping prize after MailOnline previously found that most of the Omaze properties are sold less than 12 months after being won.

Reasons for the sales often include the huge cost of keeping the luxury mansions, which is barely covered by the £100,000 prize included in the win.

The property (pictured) near Auchterarder, Perthshire was the top prize in an Omaze Million Pound House Draw last year – the first to be held in Scotland

A six-bedroom house pictured which was won by widowed grandmother of six June Smith and later sold

A six-bedroom house pictured which was won by widowed grandmother of six June Smith and later sold 

The £2.9million London property won by Marilyn Pratt in April 2021

The £2.9million London property won by Marilyn Pratt in April 2021

Omaze, a ‘for-profit’ fundraising company which was founded in the US, had acquired the house in July last year for £4.3 million.

It was listed earlier this year by estate agents Savills for offers over £3.75 million.

The property has features an entertainment room, leisure suite, cinema room, hot tub, guest annexe and golf simulator.

An ornate open plan kitchen and dining area sits at the heart of the home that opens onto the south-facing garden with sliding doors.

The room is further complimented by a cosy lounge space, connected to the dining area by a double sided fireplace.

A sales brochure for the house stated: ‘A luxurious contemporary home with guest apartment in one of Scotland’s most exclusive addresses.

‘The bespoke design focuses on impressive entertaining spaces and sympathetically designed, all en suite bedrooms, with living space that includes a guest or staff apartment and leisure suite.

‘The magnificent entertainment room is one of the highlights. It sits on the first floor with a double height vaulted ceiling with timber beams, a double-width log burning stove with stone surround and full height south-facing windows.

‘A galleried balcony accessed from the second floor overlooks the room with a birds eye view of the bespoke stone-topped bar (equipped with appliances) at one end, and a south-facing balcony at the other, the latter overlooking the golf course with the Ochil Hills beyond.’

The winner of the Omaze draw also received £100,000 and was given the option to live in, rent out or sell the house.

In November the firm announced the winner of the property (pictured) was Jon from Berkshire who described it as 'a dream come true'

In November the firm announced the winner of the property (pictured) was Jon from Berkshire who described it as ‘a dream come true’

The luxury property has six bedrooms - including this one with beautiful views of the grounds

The luxury property has six bedrooms – including this one with beautiful views of the grounds 

Property records show the seven bedroom house was sold earlier this month to a businessman based in the south of England for £4,210,000

Property records show the seven bedroom house was sold earlier this month to a businessman based in the south of England for £4,210,000 

He said: ‘I’m a subscriber so I never miss a draw. It’s such an easy way to give money to charity.

‘It’s absolutely a dream come true.’

The draw also raised £1.8 million for charity Breast Cancer Now to help continue its research and support people affected by the disease. 

Omaze, which launched in the UK in 2020, runs draws to make money for itself and a chosen charity. 

David Adams, head of David Adams Luxury Property, said: ‘The running cost of many of these properties can be £100,000 per year and with the cost of living these bills are rising.

‘If you are used to living in a normal home where you pay a couple of hundred pounds a month in electricity, maybe a few thousand a year in council tax it comes as a huge shock when they receive the first bill for £20,000 or £30,000. It is completely unsustainable and at that point a lot of people will decide it’s not for them.

‘Maintaining luxury properties is a massive industry. If it’s not your main house then you cannot leave it alone. Most homes will employ monitored security, they will run underfloor heating in winter and air conditioning in summer and systems will need servicing every year.

‘The more modern the house, the more expensive it is to run. Electronics are becoming more and more complicated and you need an IT technician to come around when it goes wrong.’

An Omaze spokesperson said: ‘Omaze Grand Prize winners can decide to either live in the house, rent it out for a supplementary income or sell it whenever they wish to become a cash multi-millionaire.

‘They also 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.

‘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 25 millionaires whilst also raising more than £40 million for good causes in the UK since it launched here.’

Retired widower June Smith, 74, won a stunning waterside mansion in Cornwall in May last year.

Retired widower June Smith (pictured), 74, won a stunning waterside mansion in Cornwall in May last year but later sold it

Retired widower June Smith (pictured), 74, won a stunning waterside mansion in Cornwall in May last year but later sold it 

Another Omaze winner, Marilyn Pratt (pictured), won a showstopping London home in April 2021 after entering 'on a whim'

Another Omaze winner, Marilyn Pratt (pictured), won a showstopping London home in April 2021 after entering ‘on a whim’

Marilyn (pictured) then sold the London abode for £100,000 less just eight months later

Marilyn (pictured) then sold the London abode for £100,000 less just eight months later 

However, the grandmother put the property on the market for £4.5million after enjoying just one holiday with her family in it. 

Ms Smith said last year that she was looking to sell so that the money could help her children and grandchildren ‘with the next chapter in their lives’ – after the family enjoyed one ‘magical’ summer holiday together. 

Another Omaze winner, Marilyn Pratt, won a showstopping London home in April 2021 after entering ‘on a whim’.

In just eight months she had sold the house – for £100,000 less – so she could help her two daughters and grandchildren financially.

She decided to remain with husband David in the two-bedroom house they have lived in for 40 years in south-east London.

Britain’s first Omaze winner, policeman Ian Garrick, 58, didn’t hesitate when he heard he had won a £1million-plus house in Cheshire in 2020.

The policeman previously told MailOnline how he sold it ‘as soon as he 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.’ 

The four-bedroom house gave his family, including his three sons, a boost after Ian’s wife Julie had died from cancer five years earlier.

A more recent Omaze winner, dinner lady Rose Doyle, won the keys to a five-bedroom house in Cornwall as part of a draw that raised £3.1 million for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) earlier this year.

The 73-year-old had lived in the same house with her husband Tony for 44 and was thrilled with her new abode. 

Britain's first Omaze winner, policeman Ian Garrick (pictured), 58, didn't hesitate selling the £1million-plus house in Cheshire he won back in 2020

Britain’s first Omaze winner, policeman Ian Garrick (pictured), 58, didn’t hesitate selling the £1million-plus house in Cheshire he won back in 2020

Rose Doyle (pictured with husband Tony) won the keys to a five-bedroom house in Cornwall and £100,000 in cash as part of a draw that raised £3.1 million for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Rose Doyle (pictured with husband Tony) won the keys to a five-bedroom house in Cornwall and £100,000 in cash as part of a draw that raised £3.1 million for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

She said: ‘This win is life changing for us – it’s fantastic for our family’s future – they won’t have to struggle as much as we had to.

‘I’ve been an Omaze subscriber for a while and to be honest, because I know I’ve entered every draw automatically, I don’t keep track of all the houses each time, so had no clue what we’d won at first.

‘We thought maybe it was a little holiday to Cornwall or a few hundred pounds – we didn’t think for one minute that we’d won a £3 million pound house there – things like this just don’t happen to people like us.’

Another Omaze winner, 53-year-old Kevin Bryant, won a five-bedroom countryside retreat in Prestbury earlier this year. 

The Manchester City fan’s new abode is located in the heart of the Golden Cheshire Triangle where many stars from his favourite team live in luxury homes.

Kevin, who works for a company that provides IT support for a local authority and the NHS, said he ‘hopes to bump into Jack Grealish when he pops out for a pint of milk’. 

MailOnline has approached Omaze for comment. 

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