A dad-of-five has won a James Bond-style lair with incredible panoramic views of the ocean that cost millions of pounds – after entering a prize draw run by Omaze
We’ve all dreamed of winning the jackpot – but sadly not many of us do.
One dad-of-five has been handed the keys to a £3 millio stunning seafront pad in Devon after winning a charity prize draw – and £20,000 in cash on top.
Foundry worker Glen Elmy, 54, from Walsall, entered the fourth Omaze Million Pound House Draw in August.
The dad, who works as an operation director at Castings PLC, decided to enter after spotting an advertisement for the dream pad on telly, buying a £25 ticket bundle.
Now he owns a luxurious new home with five double bedrooms, six bathrooms, an infinity pool and incredible panoramic views of the ocean from its clifftop location.
If he doesn’t want to live there he can rent it out for a staggering £10,000 a week – but his family will be moving in.
He found out he had scooped the main prize in the draw while visiting his elderly parents.
Glen said: “I’m totally gobsmacked, the only thing we’ve ever won before was three pounds at a Bingo night on holiday.
“We absolutely love the house – if I could have designed one from scratch, it would look just like this. It’s like something from a Bond film!
“We will be keeping it as there’s no other house like it in the country – so why would we want to sell it?
“My wife Debbie lost her father to Covid this year and our youngest son was made redundant last week, so winning this house is just what the family needed, it’s life-changing for all of us.
“This house is so spectacular we’re going to enjoy our first family holiday for two years right here. I don’t think we’d find a better place anywhere else in the world!”
The dream house, on the stunning North Devon coast within Exmoor National Park, is just 11 miles outside the market town of Barnstaple.
Glen has worked at the foundry for 33 years, with his son Sam, 22, following in his footsteps and working alongside him for the past six years.
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Wife Debbie, 60, and dog Bailey and Glen currently reside in their four-bedroom house in Walsall, where they have been living for 26 years.
They share five children between them including Sam, Luke, 20, Laura, 33, Chris, 32, and Shelly, 29.
The couple has three grandchildren and a fourth on the way – meaning they’ll have plenty of family members to fill up their new luxury pad.
All stamp duty and legal fees are covered, and Glen has also been given £20,000 in cash to help with running costs.
As well as making Glen an instant millionaire, the draw raised £1 million for the NSPCC’s Childline.
Childline founder and president Dame Esther Rantzen said: “We are extremely grateful to Omaze and all those who have taken part for their fantastic support.
“Childline saves and transforms the lives of children who desperately need us – and this stunning total will be crucial in ensuring that we can continue to reach out to the young people who rely upon us.”
Glen added: “I think the partnership between Omaze and Childline is a brilliant idea as it’s raising money to help the charity keep doing the incredible work they do to help children when they need it the most.”