Brit man trying to beat recession by raffling own pad in Sudoku contest!

January 29th, 2009 - 5:36 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 29 (ANI): A Brit man is trying to beat the ongoing property market slump by selling his home in a Sudoku competition.

Dave Mackie, 49, who is planning to move to Egypt, is offering his 675,000 pounds three-bedroom home in Hambleton, near Blackpool, as top prize in an online Sudoku contest.

Dave, finance broker by profession and a puzzle enthusiast, is charging 50 pounds to enter and is hoping to land a minimum 14,000 contestants to play the game.

Participants who complete the online Sudoku will be entered into a raffle - with the winner announced in February next year, or when 14,000 entrants sign up.

He hopes that the potential 700,000 pounds raised will cover the 675,000 pounds cost of the property as well as the 25,000 pounds legal and advertising fees.

“There’’s no catch. I”m looking to retire abroad and the time has come to move on. I thought this was a fun way to get rid of the old house and beat the credit crunch, the Telegraph quoted Dave, as saying.

“It’’s going to be good financial news for someone - where else would you get a dream house for just 50 pounds? I”m a bit of a puzzle fanatic myself and just love my daily Sudoku tester, Dave added.

He bought the house, which sits on the banks of the River Wyre in the mid 1970s, however he intends to move to Egypt, as he owns properties over there.

“I don”t believe anyone has ever set up a Sudoku competition to sell their home. This way everyone’’s a winner. The lucky person gets the house free from any mortgage and I get its market value, Dave said. (ANI)

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