May 14, 2016
Portugal News: Portuguese flock to take part in ‘world first island resort giveaway

Portugal News: Portuguese flock to take part in ‘world first island resort giveaway

Scores of people in Portugal have taken part in what is being described as a “world first island resort giveaway” in which a family-owned resort on an island in Micronesia is being raffled off for just under €43 a go.

An Australian family is giving the world the chance to win “the ultimate lifestyle” by raffling off their private island resort so they can retire and become “professional grandparents.”
At a cost of US$49 a ticket, or approximately €42.80, anyone can take part in the online lottery, which is being billed as “the most exciting raffle ever held.”
The Beitz family purchased the resort on the island of Kosrae in Micronesia over twenty years ago. They have now chosen to offer full transfer of title via an authorised raffle, giving anyone the chance to win “the ultimate slice of paradise.”
Kosrae is a remote volcanic island in an untouched corner of the Western Pacific Ocean, around 643 kilometres north of the equator.
It is “home to a magnificent waterfront hotel/resort and scuba diving centre, which, as first prize in this world-first raffle, could be yours to escape to forever” the family’s PR team explained, telling The Portugal News at least “20 or more people from Portugal” have been accessing the raffle’s website a day; “they’re really engaging with it”.
Along with the island and all of its alluring features the lucky winner will also acquire the profitable 16-room hotel and scuba centre, which provide “ongoing income and a debt-free and profitable business, staffed by 16 long-term employees.”
The only condition is that at least 50,000 tickets must sell; otherwise the resort will be pulled as the top prize.
But, should that be the case, the raffle winner will still receive 50 percent of whatever money is raised via the online lottery.
As stipulated by the rules and regulations, “If the goal is reached or exceeded, the owners keep the money raised and the winner gets the resort.”
Owner Doug Beitz said: “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.
“We feel like a new chapter in our lives is beginning, and we’re ready to pass the baton to someone else.”