A woman has won a £3 million home in west London after entering a raffle that helped raise millions for the British Heart Foundation.
She had initially entered the competition, which required an entry of £10, for her daughter who has always wanted to get on to the property ladder.
Mrs Pratt, who described the big win as “surreal,” said: “My husband thought I was completely insane and said, ‘what a waste of a tenner’.
“As luck would have it I entered for £10 the night the draw closed, the rest is history,” she added.
The mother of two, who lives with her husband of 45 years David in a semi-detached house in south-east London, has two daughters, London-based Jenny, 42, and Maggie, 41, who lives in Singapore.
The pair have lived in the same house for more than 40 years.
The 68-year-old said the Fulham property – which features three bedrooms, an office, a gym and a walled garden – was “absolutely beautiful” but that she would probably sell it.
“I think that would be fairest on everyone as I have another daughter too,” she said.
“It hasn’t sunk in at all.
“It makes me feel so happy that even though this has come at a later stage of my life, I know that my children are always going to be secure and that’s a really nice feeling.”
The draw also raised much-needed money for BHF to help fund its research and support work.
BHF chief executive Dr Charmaine Griffiths said: “Partnering with Omaze has been a vital way for us to raise crucial funds at a time when Covid-19 has devastated our income.
“The money raised is more than we could have imagined.”
Los Angeles-based Omaze has raised over £100 million, supporting more than 350 charities around the world.
Its third UK million-pound-home giveaway is already open to entrants, with a five-bedroom house in the Cotswolds up for grabs.