Man wins re­sort with raf­fle ticket

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Imag­ine buy­ing a $A66 raf­fle ticket (that’s about PGK155) and win­ning an en­tire Pa­cific is­land re­sort. That’s ex­actly what hap­pened re­cently with the Kos­rae Nau­tilus Re­sort, lo­cated on tiny Kos­rae Is­land in Mi­crone­sia, north­east of Pa­pua New Guinea.

In­stead of sell­ing, the own­ers came up with the novel idea of the raf­fle. They say 75,000 tick­ets were snapped up around the world, with the aim to put the re­sort in the hands of some­one who was not al­ready a mil­lion­aire.

The win­ning ticket be­longed to an Aus­tralian man liv­ing in New South Wales. For his win, he gets the 16-room, debt-free re­sort, staff and a scuba-div­ing busi­ness.

The own­ers, Aussie cou­ple Doug and Sally Beitz, say they made $A3.75 mil­lion from the raf­fle, which is $A1.25 mil­lion more than they had hoped to get on the real es­tate mar­ket.

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