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What lengths will people go to improve their chances of winning the draw for a million-dollar prize home?

Things people do to improve their luck:

  • Redirecting mail to the prize home
  • Throwing coins into the pool
  • Leaving personal items in wardrobes and drawers
  • Picking rooms and deciding on furniture to sell or move
  • Buying tickets in unusual patterns

They do not call them ‘dream homes' for nothing; the picture-perfect, luxurious abodes up for grabs as art union prizes are highly desirable and much-sought after.

Organisations such as the RSL Art Union and Yourtown regularly offer prize homes in places like the Gold Coast and Sydney, to raise money for their charity services.

The  Yourtown Art Union (formerly Boys Town) is celebrating it's 60 years in 2021 with stunning Prize Homes available, with the proceeds going to support services including Kids Helpline.

It offers 10 prize homes a year, with 500,000 tickets in each draw. This is spectacular odds of winning a Prize Home!

It is little wonder people resort to unusual methods to improve their chances of winning.

Yourtown head of marketing and fundraising Tracey Gillander says people employed a range of luck-giving tactics.

“We've had people go so far as to redirect their mail to prize homes, that's probably one of the most extreme,” she said.

“If a home's pretty popular then we get a lot more people redirecting their mail.”

She said people explain to her that they are trying to visualise their goal of winning the home.

“[It] has a lot to do with the book ‘The Secret', that what you manifest becomes reality,” she said with a laugh.

Other techniques include throwing coins into the swimming pool, picking out rooms, deciding what furniture to sell or move, and leaving personal items such as underwear in wardrobes and bedside tables!

“We had a lady last year who actually posted in a little Christmas decoration with a little good luck charm on it,” she said.

“[She] asked [us] to hang it on the Christmas tree … hoping that would bring her luck.”

Other people will employ an unusual ticket-buying pattern to spread their luck.

“One of the best ones … was a lady from Mt Martha in Victoria where our prize home was, bought a prize home ticket every single day the draw was open,” she said.

“She bought about 56 tickets … she didn't win but she gave it a good old college try.”

Ms Gillander said she was yet to see anything in particular actually work.

However she has been known to dabble in improving her own luck, before she started working for yourtown.

“I've done things like buy a couple of tickets online, then a couple of tickets while I'm in the house, just to mix up the numbers a little bit,” she said.

Why not?”

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