- A lucky man won his own Pacific Island resort from a raffle that cost him $49
- The man will now own the 16-room Kosrae Nautilus Resort, originally owned by Doug and Sally Beitz
- The Beitzs, in their plan to move back to Australia, decided to raffle off their 20-year-old resort
A lucky man from New South Wales, Australia won his very own Pacific Island resort from a $49 raffle that started in April, which sparked interest from people in 150 countries. Ticket sales reached up to 53,000 worldwide.
The man identified only as Joshua will now be the proud owner of Kosrae Nautilus Resort; a 16-room Micronesian resort originally owned by an Australian couple – Doug and Sally Beitz.
The winner of the raffle was announced through a Facebook post on July 27, Wednesday; saying that the winning ticket number was 44980.
The Australian owners – instead of selling their resort to the highest bidder- decided to raffle it off. They claim that the resort is profitable, fully staffed, debt-free, and with more than 20 years left on its lease, as per an article published by The Guardian.
The couple built the resort in 1994 and lived in Micronesia since then. They now feel it is time to move back to Australia and plans to return to Queensland to spend more time with their grandchildren.
“We feel like a new chapter in our lives is beginning, and we’re ready to pass the baton to someone else,” said Doug. “We’ve had our time in the sun and enjoyed a career most people would never even dare dream about, but our current goal now is to become professional grandparents.”
The couple are hoping that the future owner of their resort will be “someone who likes warm weather, likes meeting new people from around the world, is adventurous.”