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Das Hund Haus raffle winner’s last minute gamble pays off

Cheers: James Sneddon with Guy Ashford, his wife Lisa and their son Rhys, who will “have to get his RSA”. Picture: Marina NeilFORMER 2HD general manager Guy Ashford is the new owner of Das Hund Haus, after buying the winning ticket ina raffle for the Hamilton business just hours before it was drawn.
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‘’It’s surreal, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would win,” Mr Ashford said.

“Ï’ve never won a chook raffle –I’ll spend $17 on Lotto and feel good getting $5.20 back. This is absolutely the best $25 I’ve ever spent.”

Mr Ashford, a married father of two who is now regional manager for Bartercard, bought the $25 two-for-one meal voucher –which gave buyers five free entries into the lottery to win the restaurant and bar plus $30,000 cash – about three hours before sales closed at 5pm on Thursday.

“We [my colleagues and I] were joking if we won we would not be coming to work tomorrow,” Mr Ashfordsaid.

“Then I went home, had tea, put the jammies on and was in front of the tv –I forgotall about tonight.”

Das Hund Haus founder James Sneddon uploaded a file of the names of all12,621 voucher buyersto website random.org, which selected Mr Ashford as winner around 8pm.

Calls and text messages started trickling in, including from one friend in Brisbane who learnt of the win via someone following the campaign online in London.

“I decided I better get down here,” Mr Ashford said.

“We’re not going to talk business tonight, we’re just going to celebrate.

“I’ve got no idea what I’m going to do, I’ve never run a restaurant before.

“I’ll be waking up on Friday and going online to check I hadn’t just been eating too much chocolate, which gives me weird dreams.”

The business was raffled with 33 months on the lease, no debts andless than 20 litres of alcohol.

The liquor licence will be transferred to the new owner.

TheNewcastle Heraldreported in April Mr Sneddon had decided to sell the business by raffle after Australian couple Doug and Sally Beitz raffledtheir Micronesian island resort.

Hesaid he had listed the business – which he estimated was valued at between $150,000 and $225,000 –for $200,000 earlier this year, but was unable to reach a deal.

Mr Sneddonsecured a permit from Liquor and Gaming NSW to hold a trade promotion to sell the $25 vouchers.

He will spend the money he collected from voucher sales developing his new business Stigma Health, an online sexual health clinic

The sale comes in the middle of a big week for the entrepreneur.

He and fiancee Pip Cave were told on Wednesday they were expecting a baby boy, due March, and he will mark his 30thon Sunday.

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