Contest offering a $1.7-million house in Alberta for only $25

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It is a creative essay contest and the participants will have to pay a $25 entry fee and to describe in a one-page letter up to 350 words  how homeownership would change their life. One of them will be the winner and will receive the house 5,000-square-foot, three-bedroom built in 2011 in the rural community southwest of Calgary. Some of the features of the house include a wine cellar, a spa-like master bathroom, a walk-in closet with mountain views, a front door made of tigerwood and unique wood finishings throughout the rooms.

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House in contest

A winner would be chosen from 500 finalists by a panel of judges, rather than by pulling a name at random. Wagner’s contest remains open until at least April 5. She may extend the deadline by a month. The woman has limited mobility following an injury sustained in a fall last June and needs to downsize to a home that is more appropriate for her health needs. So she organized the contest and  is collecting the entry fees in hopes of recouping the $1.7-million cost of the house. Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) launched an investigation and decided the contest is legal. But the homeowner needs to receive 65,000 entries in order to reach $1.7 million. If there are too few entries, the contest will be cancelled. Wagner also  said five per cent of the net profits from the contest will be donated to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.

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