Couple forced to close raffle for their £500,000 North Yorkshire home

Thousands of £10 tickets sold before Gambling Commission tells pair it is not legal

A retired couple who offered the chance to win their £500,000 four-bedroom home and swimming pool with a £10 raffle ticket have had to close the competition with “sincere regret and upset”.

Robert and Avril Smith announced last year that they were hoping to sell 60,000 of the £10 tickets, giving the public a chance to win their home in Grosmont, North Yorkshire.

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