Man wins resort with raffle ticket
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.