Ever fantasize about getting a mansion for nothing? How about 10 bucks?
Omaze, a for-profit charity fundraising company, is giving away a dream home in Lake Mary valued at $1.5 million to benefit Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.
But this isn’t a contest for high-rollers where the prize goes to the highest bidder. People can enter with donations as low as $10. “We really have democratized it,” said Omaze co-founder and CEO Matt Pohlson.
The lavishness continues outside with al fresco living features, a pool and fully equipped outdoor kitchen all on a full acre of property. “The outside feels like a resort,” Pohlson said.
Omaze specializes in high-end prizes. Since their founding in 2012, they have awarded such gifts as tennis with Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi, visits to the set of Star Wars movies and a Lamborghini signed and blessed by Pope Francis.
This will be second Florida house the Los Angeles-based Omaze has given away after a Miami mansion this year, valued at $1.8 million. Pohlson said the success of that giveaway led them to choose the Orlando area for this project. “We wanted to find the right ratio where people could get a beautiful house but also there were a lot of people around,” Pohlson said.
While more money equals more chances, winners really can come from any of the brackets. The smallest donation, $10, nets 15 chances. The maximum one can donate at one time for this house is $150 for 550 entries, though people can donate more than once. The winner of the Miami mansion reportedly donated only $25.
With their small-donor model, Omaze has raised more than $130 million for charities. The money for this contest will go toward building a new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer. Pohlson said he would like this to lead to a lasting partnership between his organization and Orlando-area charities. “We’re excited to build a sustainable relationship with Orlando,” he said.
Instead of taking the Lake Mary home, the winner of this contest can choose to take a flat $1 million payout. In that case, Omaze will give up their option on the house and it will go back on the market. There are also smaller prizes given away throughout the contest. Donors who enter before Dec. 4, for example, will be eligible to win a Chevy Silverado.
The contest runs through March 5. To enter and take a virtual tour of the home up for grabs, visit home.omaze.com.