Ex-UN soldier guilty of illegal house lottery

An ex-UN soldier who attempted to raffle her house hoping to raise £150,000 has been ordered to pay more than £25,000 to ticket holders after she broke lottery laws.

Angela Jones, 36, from Prestatyn, Denbighshire, had offered her house as the jackpot prize in the lottery after receiving little interest when she attempted to sell it the conventional way.

Jones, who was working as an estate agent when she thought up the novel ploy, charging £30 a ticket hoping to raise £150,000. However, she failed to obtain a legitimate lottery licence and received complaints when she continuously delayed the draw.

Nevertheless, Judge Recorder Robert Trevor Jones of Mold Crown Court deemed that "there was no element of dishonesty." He said: “The regulations are there in order to protect the public from people who operate illegal lotteries.

“It is quite clear that for a limited period of time you did just that. But I do accept, as do the crown, that there was no element of dishonesty on your part although you clearly failed to ensure that you had the necessary licence – and that the form of the lottery was in fact legal.”

Jones, who served in Bosnia with the United Nations, was ordered to pay £7,860 in compensation to ticket holders with a further £18,000 held in a client account of town and Country Estate Agents (who sold tickets on Jones’s behalf) also to be paid back.

Mr Wyn Williams, defending Jones, said she just wanted to forget the case and get on with her life.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-08-30 11:13:49

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