Sep 25, 2009

Fish to pick winner of £675,000 house

A businessman is letting his pet fish choose who will become the new owners of his £675,000 house.
Dave Mackie is running an online Sudoku competition where his luxury home in Lancashire will be given away as a prize.

He has already received thousands of entries around the world, but will let his 'koi' pick the winner from the correct entries.

The insurance broker and puzzle fan plans to install a touch sensitive pad in the pond and when the fish touch it one of the 14,000 entries will be selected.

He hopes this will mean the fish select someone who will look after them when he moves out… though given it is random they are just as likely to end up with a cat lover.
275x250.jpgDave said: "As well as being beautiful and majestic creatures, koi have an aura about them and are very perceptive and sensitive to what is going on around them.

"They are the ideal symbols of love and friendship and I have no doubt they will pick the right winner – someone who will get on with the neighbours and someone who will look after the fish themselves."

275x250.jpgOnce they’ve paid a £50 entry fee, entrants complete an online Sudoku puzzle to receive a place in the prize competition to win the stylish detached home, complete with sauna and steamroom, on Lancashire’s picturesque Fylde coast.

Puzzle fanatic Dave, a director of an insurance broker, has proved that what he is doing complies with UK law as it is a prize competition relying on people’s skill to crack the Sudoku – and not gambling.

Dave, 49, explained: “I think a 14,000-1 chance of winning this house is a great opportunity for someone."

The contest will run up to Feb 1, 2010 – or until Dave has 14,000 entrants, more info is available at



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