A millionaire has claimed his fee was "just higher than the minimum wage" after changing a raffle on his £3m mansion to a prize of just £110k.
Mark and Sharon Beresford set up the quirky competition in an attempt to sell their riverside home but sold only 30,000 of the 250,000 £25 tickets.
They raised £750,000 in the process rather the £4.3m that would have triggered the prize draw for the six bed house in Ringwood, Hants.
After giving away a cash prize of £110,000 , 27 times less than the value of the property – Mark has slammed critics who feel "conned", claiming "if we charged out our time on an hourly rate we would have been on just about higher than minimum wage."
The couple claim they spent £640,000 in advertising, marketing, PR and legal costs for the competition.
In October, the Beresfords also threw an Aston Martin into the prize – but, much like their luxury home, claimed "not enough tickets were sold to activate the Aston", reports The Sun .
Now some punters who entered the competition are asking questions about the novelty raffle.
The Beresfords’ Twitter handle @WinAMegaHome has been deleted in the face of an stinging criticism from users.
Rebecca Gleaves, from Bournemouth, said: "It might be legal but that doesn’t make it okay morally."
Richard Reddington, from London, added: "I will never enter another competition like this again."
Graham Nash, from Poole, Dorset, wrote: "Not a bad return admittedly, but would be interested to see the breakdown of the costs."
Michelle Philpott, from Poole, posted: "I think all who entered should be given their money back. £600,000 on promotional costs?"
The draw was made by a random number selector computer at Sterling Lottery Management, which is approved and audited by the Gambling Commission.
It selected 100 tickets and local MP Christopher Chope drew the winner from that number.
An independent solicitor was also present at the time to oversee the procedure.
The Beresford decided to launch the raffle after several offers for their Huf Haus-style home called Avon Place home fell through.
The couple had even received interest from an England international footballer but had been unable to find a buyer.
Despite being unable to sell their home through the raffle, the couple said they don’t regret their decision.
They also denied any wrongdoing and said they had complied with both competition rules and relevant laws.
Mr Beresford, a company director, said: "We fully complied with all of the competition rules and relevant laws in order to launch the competition.
"We calculated the prize exactly as described in the terms and conditions, which all entrants had to accept.
"We have spent huge sums of money on advertising that failed to cover its costs.
"The costs incurred were very high and began in 2016 with extensive legal advice and opinions about the interpretation of the rules covering prize draw competitions.
"By the time the competition was launched, costs were already into six figures – to do this properly is neither cheap nor for the faint of heart.
"We will file our accounts in line with statutory requirements."
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