The man who won the £3m Omaze mansion leaves his home a few days after receiving the prize over fears it may have collapsed into the sea
A man who won the £3m Omaze mansion was abandoned after just three days over fears it might collapse into the sea.
Glen Elmy, a father-of-five, was handed the keys to a James Bond-themed seaside house three years ago after being entered into a drawing for a prize of just £25.
However, he is now reported to have turned away after only three days when he stumbled upon a cliff-top north of Devon threatening to plunge into the sea.
The five-bedroom Stealth House overlooking Combe Martin Bay has been left deserted for years, MailOnline reports.
Foundry worker Mr Elmi, from Walsall in the West Midlands, moved in October 2021 after winning the million pound Omaze House raffle.
But he is said to have been on the move again only three days later after learning of coastal erosion putting the £3m property at risk.
Mr. Elmi is said to have returned the keys to Omaze and demanded a cash equivalent instead.
He and his wife Debbie previously lived for 26 years in a £230,000 home in Walsall.
An award drawn Stealth House, within Exmoor National Park, boasts stunning panoramic sea views, six bathrooms and an infinity pool.
Mr Elmi had paid £25 for a ticket in a TV raffle which was raising charity money for the NSPCC children’s line.
He said at the time: “I’m quite amazed – the only thing we’ve won before is £3 on a bingo night at the holiday.
“We absolutely love the house – if I could design one from scratch, it would look just like this.
“It’s like something out of a Bond movie.”
But now a source has been quoted as saying he “left after three days and that was the last we saw of him”.
A neighbor, who did not wish to be named, said: “I haven’t seen anyone in or out since the win.
“There is all sorts of speculation that it cannot be insured because of its proximity to the sea and its cliff edge.
“There is a problem of coastal erosion along the coast here. There are signs around the beach warning of rock falls.”
They told of moving to the area five years ago when Stealth House was available for £2.5m “but nobody wanted it”.
Sun Online has contacted Omaze for comment.
Mr. Elmi was the fourth person to win one of Omaze’s charity raffles in Britain.
The first was a £1 million estate in Cheshire in a campaign that raised £250,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The next project, a £3m townhouse in Fulham, west London, has netted £1m for the British Heart Foundation.
The Prince’s Trust secured £500,000 from the raffle on a five-bedroom £2.5m property in the Cotswolds.