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Woman, 23, wins dream £545k farmhouse in £2 raffle as her first home after living with mum and dad

A WOMAN was stunned to win a £545,000 farmhouse after paying just £2 for a raffle ticket.

Jemma Nicklin bagged her first home for a bargain price and called the four-bed Shropshire pad her "dream house".

 A 23-year-old woman won a £545,000 house after entering a £2-a-ticket raffle
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A 23-year-old woman won a £545,000 house after entering a £2-a-ticket raffleCredit: BPM Media
 Jemma Nicklin bagged her dream home by entering a raffle
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Jemma Nicklin bagged her dream home by entering a raffleCredit: BPM Media

The 23-year-old is now the proud owner of Shrubbery Farm House in Longnor, and can move out of her parents' home.

The transport firm worker said she had several missed calls telling her she had won on Valentine's Day.

She said: "When I found out we all started crying. Mum couldn't stop screaming.

The delighted winner told Birmingham Live: "It's so difficult to get a house these days, I'd just started saving for a mortgage, I guess that's one thing I don't have to worry about anymore.

"The rate I was saving I don't think I'd have got a deposit until I was about 26 or 27 and then I would definitely have ended up buying something much smaller."

Her legal fees and stamp duty will be paid for by the current owners, who decided to raffle off their home after it failed to sell on the conventional market.

Jemma's boyfriend is a roofer, who also bought tickets to try and win, and they will live together in the house.

The old property has exposed beams in every room and a farmstyle kitchen with a walk-in pantry.

SHOCK WIN

It even has a library in the living room, with French doors leading to the gardens.

Jemma, who earns £17,000-a-year had started saving for a deposit, but feared it would take years.

Michael Chatha said: "When I told her she had won, she was gobsmacked, she kept saying: 'I can't believe it'.

"She was virtually crying with joy. She said she'd never won anything before and that it was the most amazing thing that's ever happened to her.

"For us, it's a lovely end to the story. It's been a wonderful experience, everyone in the community has been so supportive.

"To give a young person a whole house worth £500,000, mortgage-free in the countryside is such a huge start for her in life, I'm thrilled by that. It feels fantastic."

Inspired by Jemma's success, Sun readers could win a two-bed £500k East London flat with a £10 raffle ticket.

And the competition guarantees a winner even if it doesn't meets its target ticket sales, increasing your chances of scooping the top prize.

 The 23-year-old is now the proud owner of Shrubbery Farm House in Longnor, and can move out of her parents' home
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The 23-year-old is now the proud owner of Shrubbery Farm House in Longnor, and can move out of her parents' homeCredit: BPM Media
 The old property has exposed beams in every room and a farmstyle kitchen with a walk-in pantry
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The old property has exposed beams in every room and a farmstyle kitchen with a walk-in pantryCredit: BPM Media
 It has a number of bathrooms tastefully decorated with simple colours
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It has a number of bathrooms tastefully decorated with simple coloursCredit: BPM Media
 The current owners decided to sell it through a raffle after it failed to reach the asking price on the conventional market
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The current owners decided to sell it through a raffle after it failed to reach the asking price on the conventional marketCredit: BPM Media
 The 23-year-old has dubbed the Shropshire pad her dream home
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The 23-year-old has dubbed the Shropshire pad her dream homeCredit: BPM Media
 There is a large attic space that has been converted
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There is a large attic space that has been convertedCredit: BPM Media
 One of the bedrooms pictured here, simply decorated with exposed beams
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One of the bedrooms pictured here, simply decorated with exposed beamsCredit: BPM Media
 The young woman will move out of her parents' home and into her very own place
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The young woman will move out of her parents' home and into her very own placeCredit: BPM Media
Win a Mykonos villa worth £3.6 million for just £36 which is being raffled off in time for Valentine's Day