A competition to win a £2.3 million luxury mansion has closed after the mystery family behind the scheme said they could no longer continue to run it.
The competition launched in December 2017 promised to give away the family's huge home in Devon, near Tiverton, complete with a Rolls Royce, golf course, fully stocked wine cellar, gardener and £50,000 in cash.
But ticket sales have not raised the money the unidentified wealthy family had hoped, they claimed.
They cited 'relentless obstacles', including complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) which is investigating the case, behind their decision to end the contest early, Devon Live reports.
However there are still prizes on the line. One winner and nine runners-up will be drawn and notified by email of their success.
But the person claiming the top prize will no longer win the mansion package – instead pocketing £100,000 in cash, with runners-up claiming £10,000 each – all of which is in line with the competitions terms and conditions according to organisers.
The secretive family behind the £10.50-a-head ticket competition also say they are honouring all their original charity promises.
The main prize will not be the house as enough tickets have not been sold but instead the cash alternative as promised," a statement from Ogilvie Promotions Ltd says.
"It is a family run company and the family feel at this point they have no choice. The operating of the competition has at all times been very difficult and obstacles relentless.
"Recently some people have complained to the ASA and to date this has cost us a significant amount in legal fees."
DevonLive recently reported that the family felt victimised after a second arson attack in three months.
A spokesperson said: “This family are well known philanthropists and support a wide range of good causes. All they are trying to do is support as many charities and local community groups as they can with their Millionaire Mansion competition.”
The owners, who built the property in the early 90s, decided to offer the ‘Millionaire Mansion’ as a prize as a way of selling their home and also raise money for charity.
They said 20 per cent of all the proceeds will go to charity, with half to a main set of charities, Make a Wish Foundation, British Red Cross and Help for Heroes and the other half shared amongst smaller charities across the country.
The statement in full from the competition's organisers
"We write with regret to let you know the Millionaire Mansion competition has closed today. The promoter of Millionaire Mansion is Ogilvie Promotions Limited. It is a family run company and the family feel at this point they have no choice.
"The operating of the competition has at all times been very difficult and obstacles relentless.
"We have all given our [utmost] to make this work and have always done what we thought right. Recently some people have complained to the ASA and to date this has cost us a significant amount in legal fees.
"We will be honouring full payments to our Charities. We will also be honouring the draw of the competition.
"Today the draw will be conducted in the presence of an independent adjudicator, an accountant and a representative from one of our charities.
"The main prize will not be the house as enough tickets have not been sold but instead the cash alternative as promised. The nine runners up prizes will also be drawn.
"The names of the winners will be posted on our website. All winners will be contacted directly.
"With all the best for the future, The Team at Millionaire Mansion."
In a statement, the ASA confirmed it has been investigating the case following a "handful of complaints" between late October and early November last year.
The initial complaints to the ASA were concerned with that the competition deadline had been extended for another 12 months.
A spokeswoman said: "Our decision will be published in due course."
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