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$2M Austin dream home could be yours in new sweepstakes

Online charity fundraiser platform launched a sweepstakes on Tuesday. The prize? A $1.9 million home in Travis Heights. (Omaze)

It's historically hard to break into the Austin housing market right now. But one lucky person could win a nearly $2 million dream home in the Travis Heights neighborhood.

Omaze, an online charity fundraising platform, announced its first luxury house sweepstakes in Austin on Tuesday, benefitting Folds of Honor, an Oklahoma-based nonprofit that provides scholarships to families of wounded or fallen service members.

"Fill your days in Texas' capital of cool with live music, lake kayaking and the country's best barbeque—all within a few minutes from your new house!" the entry site promises.

Participants have until Oct. 10 to win a $1.9 million, four-bedroom house in the coveted South Austin neighborhood. The 3,235-square home was built by the local real estate firm Urban ATX and offers soaring ceilings, hardwood floors and a deck.

"We anticipate customers will find this to be one of our most popular offerings to date and are thrilled to be able to support the veteran community in this way," Omaze CEO and co-founded Matt Pohlson said in a statement.

Located just south of downtown, the upscale Travis Heights neighborhood is walkable and close to destinations such as South Congress Avenue. (Omaze)

Donations correspond to a certain number of sweepstake entries: 100 with a $10 donation, 2,000 with $100. But people can also enter without making a donation.

According to Omaze, 15% of the total donations will go to Folds of Honor through a grant. The remainder covers the grand prize, related fees and company operating costs.

The winner will be announced in late October and can choose to take the home or a $1.3 million cash alternative.

Information about how to enter and eligibility requirements can be found here.


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