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Released 16 October 2008

We have reported on numerous occasions the risks involved in seeking to sell your house via a raffle. Well our fears have come to fruition as the draw which was due to take place today has been postponed.

The BBC reported that Brian and Wendy Wilshaw sold 46,000 tickets costing 25 pound each for the chance to win their 1 million Oldborough Mansion estate near Crediton. But a message posted on their website informs entrants the draw has been halted by the Gambling Commission.

Mr Wislhaw said: I can say with absolute certainty that if the Gambling Commission decides that the draw can't go ahead then everyone will get their money back.

The message said We, like you, are desperately disappointed by this news, coming so close to what should have been the most exciting time in this project and the realisation of handing the keys to our dream property to the lucky winner.

What to do?

1) Liase with Gambling Commission

2) Give some serious thought as to how you are to overcome the exceptions to the draw being a lottery

Michael Coyle is a Solicitor Advocate who specialises in information technology law and intellectual property law. He can be contacted at

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Lawdit Solicitors offer services and advice for litigation, commercial contracts, Intellectual Property and IT legal agreements. We are experts in commercial law with a heavy emphasis on Intellectual Property, Internet and e-commerce law. Lawdit is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates and we are the appointed Solicitors to the largest webdesign association in the world, the United Kingdom Website Designers Association.

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