Frequently Asked Questions

Winning a Prize

How will you contact me if I’ve won a prize?

We always email our winners, so be sure to save omaze.co.uk as a safe sender.

When and how will I know if I have won the house?

Civica Independent Scrutineers will draw a winner at random and let us know. We will then contact the winner by email.

Does Omaze draw the winners?

No. The winners are drawn by a highly respected and independent scrutineer called Civica. Civica specialises in auditing competitions to make sure they are run fairly and has an unrivalled reputation for integrity and quality.

If I win an Early Bird Prize can I still win the house?

Yes. Even if you win an Early Bird Prize you’re still entered for your chance to win the Grand Prize Draw at the end of the sweepstakes.

If I win a weekly cash prize can I still win the house?

Yes. Even if you win a £1,000 in the Weekly Cash Prize Draw, you’re still entered for your chance to win the Grand Prize Draw at the end of the sweepstakes.

Will someone definitely win the house?

Yes. There will be a guaranteed winner for the Omaze Million Pound House. For announcement dates, please see Official Rules.

What are the odds of winning the house?

The odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.

Account Creation

Why create an account?

Creating an account will allow you to view your donation details.

If I’ve entered the sweepstakes doesn’t this mean I have an account?

No. You do not automatically receive an account when you donate. You need to go through the account activation process. You can do this at the check-out or afterwards by creating an account.

If I didn’t sign up for an account at the check-out, can I sign up now?

Yes. Just go here and click ‘create an account.’ Just make sure you use the same email address that you gave when you purchased the entries.

Do I have to have an Omaze account to win a prize?

No. We contact all our winners directly by email. You only need an account if you'd like to check your donation details.

I already have an account on Omaze.com, do I need to create a new one?

Yes, the Omaze Million Pound House Draw is operated on a separate site from Omaze.com. To see donation details related to the Omaze Million Pound House Draw, you will need to create a new account.

Omaze

Is the house in the photos the actual house that will be won?

Yes. The house shown in the photos is the exact house that will be won.

Is Omaze a charity?

No. We're an online fundraising platform that helps charities reach their fundraising goals.

How much goes to charity?

We donate 80% of the net proceeds to our beneficiary.

What is a fundraising platform, and how is it different to a charity?

Being a fundraising platform means: we attract top talent to work on our experiences; we can mobilise quickly; and we can reach a bigger audience. This all amounts to us raising more money, faster. Also, because we’re exploring new ways of fundraising, we’re complementing, not competing with the charities’ existing fundraising sources. We’re raising additional funds and awareness for their cause by using the power of the internet to crowd fund significant new sources of funding that charities would not otherwise reach. We can do this because we’re not a charity, we're a company whose business is to raise funds for good causes. To date, we’ve raised over £100 million for charities worldwide.

Does it cost the charity anything to partner with you?

No. There are no costs and no risks for the charity. For the Million Pound House Draw, there’s a guaranteed winner of the house and all the other prizes, and a guaranteed minimum donation to the charity no matter what.

Which celebrities has Omaze partnered with in the past?

We work with everyone from Michelle Obama to Robert Downey Jr to John Legend - they trust us with their reputations. Trust is integral to everything we do. Here are a few of the celebrities who have partnered with us in the past: Emily Blunt, Hugh Grant, Idris Elba, Daniel Craig, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emilia Clarke, Ringo Starr, Tom Hiddleston, Daisy Ridley, Naomie Harris, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cast of The Crown, Lewis Hamilton, Florence and the Machine, Sam Heughan, HAIM, Mumford & Sons, Cast of Downton Abbey, The Who, James Corden, John Oliver, and Luke Evans.

Entering the Draw - London

Is there a limit to how many entries I can receive?

There is a maximum limit of seven hundred (700) entries per person, regardless of the method of entry.

I’m not a UK citizen. Can I enter?

The Promotion is open to entrants who are at least 18 years of age and residents from around the world (prohibited jurisdictions excluded).

The London House

Can I sell the house if I don’t want to move in?

Yes. The winner will be free to do with the house what they wish.

Is the house furnished?

Yes. Furniture and appliances are included.

Do you cover Stamp Duty (UK house purchase tax)?

Yes. We cover Stamp Duty irrespective of the winner's circumstances. Such taxes will be settled by Omaze in connection with the transfer of ownership and will not be paid directly to the Winner.

What about legal fees?

We cover all reasonable legal costs (estimated £5,000) to complete the transfer of the house to the winner. Such fees will be settled by Omaze in connection with the transfer of ownership and will not be paid directly to the Winner.

Is this tax deductible?

All donations made through the Omaze platform go to the Charities Aid Foundation America (CAFA), a U.S. 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. CAFA has partnered with Omaze to make giving internationally and domestically safe, easy and effective for U.S. donors by raising charitable donations from members of the public to fund monetary grants to other charitable organizations. In accordance with the terms of the sweepstakes you entered, so long as the designated grantee specified in the sweepstakes remains eligible to receive grants when the sweepstakes ends, CAFA will grant an amount equal to the net proceeds (as defined in our Official rules) from the sweepstakes to the designated grantee. See the Terms of Use for more information on donations and CAFA’s grant making process. Anyone who donates to CAFA through the Omaze platform receives chances to win prizes, however, no donation is required to enter to win an experience, and a donation does not increase your chances of winning a sweepstakes experience. Because a donation is not required to enter, and because CAFA is a U.S. charity, all donations made by U.S. donors through the Omaze platform are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. If your donation is accompanied by an experience perk, the amount of your donation that is deductible for U.S. federal income tax purposes may be limited to the excess of the amount contributed over the value of goods or services provided. If you have any questions regarding your tax obligations, you should consult with your own tax advisor. If you are a U.S. donor and would like us to send you a formal donation tax receipt or if there is anything else we can do to be of assistance, please contact our Customer Experience team at londonhouse@omaze.com.

The British Heart Foundation

What is the British Heart Foundation?

The British Heart Foundation funds over £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. It’s helped revolutionise the way we prevent, diagnose, treat and cure heart and circulatory diseases globally. It’s been part of countless major breakthroughs over the last 60 years, from pacemakers and defibrillators to heart transplants and clot busting drugs. These breakthroughs have helped keep millions of families together for longer.

What is the fundraising target?

With your help, we'd love to be able to donate over £2,000,000 to the British Heart Foundation. Right now, our best estimate is that we’ll be able to donate around £500,000. No matter what happens though, we’ve guaranteed £100,000 to our charity partner, along with the benefit of the increased awareness that our experience will bring.

How will the donation be used by the British Heart Foundation?

We're giving away 80% of the net proceeds from the Million Pound House Draw to the British Heart Foundation. How could the funds be used? The money raised will support the BHF’s life saving work. For example, £1,000,000 could fund a five-year research programme into heart attack/heart failure/diabetes including salaries, equipment and lab materials needed for the project. £500,000 could fund new developments and emerging scientists in a heart failure research lab and buy major items of equipment to support their research. £150,000 could fund a PhD student’s grant and research during their training: The BHF supports over 300 scientists and clinicians starting their cardiovascular research careers across the UK. £100,000 could fund the installation of a state-of-the-art microscope so that our scientists can work out how stem cells could repair damaged heart muscle after a heart attack.