Couple win $5.7m Omaze home in Somerset, England

Michael and Amanda Maher were grappling with the horror rental market when they won a $5.7 million home in a competition.

The couple, who were living in Luton in a rented house, have now moved into their stunning new six-bedroom home in Somerset.

Michael, bought the Omaze ticket for $19, and is now rubbing his hands together after being handed the keys to a sprawling mansion and $190,000 in cash.

Funnily enough, Michael’s daughter told him he’d probably only won a toaster when he found out he’d won the Omaze Million Pound draw.

But Michael, 53, had actually scooped a massive house in Somerset, south-west England, which ironically does come with a toaster in the kitchen.

Michael said: “I had a call from Omaze saying I’d won a prize.

‘’Obviously I was intrigued but my daughter was somewhat sceptical and told me not to get too excited as I’ve probably only won a toaster.

‘’Luckily for me it turned out to be a £3 million pound house ($5.7 million) – that also happens to come with a toaster.

“We went to the pub to celebrate and then on for a nice curry – it was your average Friday night really, apart from the fact we’d just become millionaires.

”Going from a rented house in Luton to owning a six-bedroom house in the countryside is just mind blowing.“This house is truly spectacular in real life, the open plan kitchen and living area is spot on for us – and the garden is just incredible, it’s so big we’ll have to put a bell on our dog otherwise we might lose him.’’

Omaze’s latest Million Pound House Draw prize was a spectacular countryside retreat with a tennis court and picturesque gardens.

The lucky winner is now free to either live in the incredible house, rent it out for a supplementary income or sell it and become a multi-millionaire.

If Michael decides to rent it out, local estate agents estimate that the property could achieve a long-term rental value of between £6,000 ($11,418AUD) – £8,000 ($15,220AUD) per month.

Michael and his wife of 16 years Amanda, 54, have lived in their rented 4-bedroom house on the outskirts of Luton, 54 km north of London, for the past eight years.

The couple live at home with their two children, a son aged 19 and daughter aged 17 – as well as a four-year old cocker spaniel called Ludo.

Michael also has two sons aged 32 and 27 and a grandchild aged two from his first marriage.

Michael has been working in the IT industry for the past 25 years and Amanda is an admin assistant at a local school.

Michael joked: “We have family all over the world and plenty of room for them to come and stay now – if we decide to give them the address that is.

“I subscribed to Omaze because it’s a great way to support different charities month in, month out. Also, the chance to win a £3 million pound house for a tenner isn’t bad either.

“We’ve owned property in the past but have been renting for the last eight years – and obviously we’ve been working towards owning our own property again – this win means that dream has now come true, and our family’s future is secure.

“We’re not sure what we’re going to do long term yet – we’ll definitely spend some time here and enjoy it as a family – whatever we decide, it’s going to change all our lives for the better.”

But, when his kids asked if they could quit their Saturday jobs, Michael refused, saying he wants them to remain grounded.

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