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Australian family win $4m beach house lottery after spending $200 on tickets

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One lucky Australian family has won an oceanfront house worth nearly $4 million after spending $200 on lottery raffle tickets.

James Burry, 40, was announced the winner of the biggest beach house lottery ever held in Sydney.

The North Manly fire protection worker's prize is a four-bedroom house in Freshwater with uninterrupted ocean views stretching from Manly to Curl Curl.

The newly built home is laced with luxury fittings and sits atop a coastal cliff about five minutes' walk from both Freshwater and Curl Curl beaches.

Mr Burry said winning the house was a shock and he was still adjusting to the sudden change in his family's living arrangements.

"I've got a lot of mates who like pulling pranks, so I thought someone was taking the piss when I first got the call saying I'd won," he said.

"It's a lot to take in. It will probably still take another couple of weeks for it all to settle in."

Mr Burry purchased tickets for the house lottery through RSL Art Union, which holds regular house draws to raise money for veterans.

Ticket prices were $5 and Mr Burry purchased about $200 worth, which went to charity. He beat out other ticket holders who had spent more than $1000.

"I'd actually forgotten I'd entered," he said. "I heard about the draw on the radio and thought I'd buy a couple of tickets because it was going to a good cause."

RSL Art Union general manager Tracy Bishop said the draw was one the group's most successful lotteries.

"Tickets sold out early," she said. "I think the home captured a lot of people's imagination. It's a beautiful home that ticks all the boxes for Sydneysiders and not many properties sell in the area, so it's a difficult location to get into."

Mr Burry said his family had been considering moving to Gosford to help stretch their money further, but will probably stay in the area for good now.

"We know this part of Freshwater well. We used to go to a nearby park to eat fish and chips and soak in the view. It's strange to think we'll be waking up to the same view every morning."

The raffle proved to be particularly popular with peninsula residents living nearby with the majority of ticket holders from Dee Why, Freshwater, Allambie Heights, Manly and Balgowlah.

"More Australians than ever before are turning to prize home lotteries to have a chance at entering the housing market," Ms Bishop said.

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Posted: October 13, 2016, 7:46 pm - IP Logged

The real question is if they can really afford to live in this house. Maybe sell it and use the money for something they really need. Congrats.

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    Posted: October 13, 2016, 8:32 pm - IP Logged

    James Burry, 40, was announced the winner of the biggest beach house lottery ever held in Sydney.

    I was under the impression that Australian lotteries had allowed for anonymous claiming after the Thorne kidnapping and murder 50+ yrs. ago. "Was announced" makes me think that their identity WAS revealed by the lottery, but maybe he just announced it on his own.

    "I thought someone was taking the piss...."

    Made me smile but puzzled me the first time I heard a family friend say that years ago. I remember thinking he must have some sort of reverse flow catheter. (I was about ten yrs. old, so...) He used to get drunk w/ my pop and sing "Waltzing Matilda".   My British friends say "Taking the mickey (or mick)" which means the same thing.

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      Posted: October 13, 2016, 8:41 pm - IP Logged

      James Burry, 40, was announced the winner of the biggest beach house lottery ever held in Sydney.

      I was under the impression that Australian lotteries had allowed for anonymous claiming after the Thorne kidnapping and murder 50+ yrs. ago. "Was announced" makes me think that their identity WAS revealed by the lottery, but maybe he just announced it on his own.

      "I thought someone was taking the piss...."

      Made me smile but puzzled me the first time I heard a family friend say that years ago. I remember thinking he must have some sort of reverse flow catheter. (I was about ten yrs. old, so...) He used to get drunk w/ my pop and sing "Waltzing Matilda".   My British friends say "Taking the mickey (or mick)" which means the same thing.

      He didn't win it in the official lottery, some private citizens decided to unload their house through a raffle. They got a lot of attention out of it and probably turned a pretty profit.

      Nolege is power.

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        Posted: October 13, 2016, 9:50 pm - IP Logged

         Congratulations to the Burry family!!Party

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          Posted: October 13, 2016, 9:59 pm - IP Logged

          He didn't win it in the official lottery, some private citizens decided to unload their house through a raffle. They got a lot of attention out of it and probably turned a pretty profit.

          Yes, but I figured the law would also apply.  I guess transparency WOULD be needed in this case, just to make sure the owners of the house actually awarded the prize.

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            Posted: October 14, 2016, 3:59 am - IP Logged

            Not true. This prize draw was official, most definitely a government regulated draw.

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              Posted: October 14, 2016, 7:09 am - IP Logged

              Not true. This prize draw was official, most definitely a government regulated draw.

              Congratulations!   Send me a private message and I'll give you information on winning a BMW, $10K in cash and a $400K house in a raffle Louisville KY.  I don't want Todd banning me, but this is legit.

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                Congratulations!   Send me a private message and I'll give you information on winning a BMW, $10K in cash and a $400K house in a raffle Louisville KY.  I don't want Todd banning me, but this is legit.

                My comment was aimed at Maximum Millions who doubted whether this draw was legit. 

                Been a long time between posts, had forgotten how these forums work  Unhappy

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                  Posted: October 14, 2016, 8:39 am - IP Logged

                  Congratulations Mr & Mrs James Burry Party

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                    Congratulations!   Send me a private message and I'll give you information on winning a BMW, $10K in cash and a $400K house in a raffle Louisville KY.  I don't want Todd banning me, but this is legit.

                    I would take the Car and the Cash, but They can keep the house. Dance

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                      Posted: October 14, 2016, 9:13 am - IP Logged

                      My comment was aimed at Maximum Millions who doubted whether this draw was legit. 

                      Been a long time between posts, had forgotten how these forums work  Unhappy

                      I did not, as it were.

                      I said I didn't think it was a government lottery.

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                        My comment was aimed at Maximum Millions who doubted whether this draw was legit. 

                        Been a long time between posts, had forgotten how these forums work  Unhappy

                        I meant this post for everyone about the raffle that supports the building foundation for the pediatric hospital I work in.  I don't want to get deleted by Todd by disclosing details, that is why I didn't post it.

                        I may or may not buy a ticket myself.

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                          Posted: October 14, 2016, 11:51 am - IP Logged

                          Congrats to the winners

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                            I actually enter every draw ea month thru a subscription, to this and another one for million $ houses. its not gov ran but a charity  raffle. so gov rules apply.

                            you can view their webpage here https://www.rslartunion.com.au/ i dont spend any $200, but only $5 a draw. a total of $10 a month on  house raffles.

                            I  use my family fund for  buying  tickets. so would have to sell the place and  divide the money up. but im sure everyone would like to spend  holiday    in it with their family before we sold.  It's nice to see it  made international news

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