Australian wins island resort via raffle

MELBOURNE: A lucky Australian man has won a multi-million dollar tropical island resort replete with lush forests, caves and coral reefs for $49 in a unique raffle sale that sparked a global frenzy.

The man, identified only as Joshua from New South Wales, won the 16-room The Kosrae Nautilus Resort on the remote Micronesian island of Kosrae in a draw organised by its owners, an Australian couple, who decided to move back to Australia to enjoy their lives as grandparents. The couple was looking to handover the dream resort, built over two decades ago, to someone who was genuinely passionate about island life and respected the ecosystem, rather than to the person with the deepest pockets.

“What started as a simple click of a news article during my lunch break that piqued my interest has resulted in a life-changing experience that I could only dream of,” said Joshua who had bought three tickets. “I would like to thank Doug and Sally (owners) and the Beitz family for providing this opportunity and am looking forward to cutting the red tape, making a trip to the resort to see what paradise looks like and to experience all that the resort has to offer,” Joshua was quoted as saying by Kosrae is located about 3800km from Brisbane and is popular for surfing and snorkelling.

Credits ET Realty

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