Dad who lost his wife to breast cancer wins £1m house after entering £10 charity draw

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Ian Garrick won the first Omaze Million Pound House Draw, which supported the Teenage Cancer Trust. The civil servant, who said he “shoved a tenner” on 15 entries, lost wife Julie five years ago. He said the 3,000 sq ft, four bedroom home in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, is a fresh start for him and his three sons, who “needed a boost to carry on”.

The property has four bathrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, landscaped garden, spacious living areas and a hot tub – a far cry from his old terraced home.

Ian, 56, from Mablethorpe, Lincs said: “I saw the draw on Facebook and I saw that it was for a cancer charity. I thought ‘Why not?’, shoved a tenner in and didn’t think any more of it.

“Since my wife died, we’ve basically been in limbo. Our house has been falling down around us. We’ve just been trying to hold each other together.

“If I’m honest, we needed some sort of boost to carry on,” he added. “My dream when entering the draw was to get away from here for a fresh start – and it’s happened. I still can’t get my head around it. I feel quite teary.”

Ian and sons James, 30, Callum, 22, and Nathan, 19, are moving in for a memorable Christmas.

Kate Collins, chief executive of the Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “The funds raised will help ensure our nurses and youth workers can continue providing exceptional care to young people.”

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