RV Park Owner Raffles Park to Pay Off Debts

July 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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A $1 million piece of dream land in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains northeast of Sacramento, Calif., can be yours for just $100, if you win Rob Mowrey’s raffle.

“My dream is really crushed by the economy and fuel,” he told KCRA-TV, Sacramento. “Fuel is really the thing that hurt us the most.”

Mowrey’s Golden Coach RV Park in a remote part of Plumas County isn’t making enough money to pay his mortgage. So, for $100 a ticket, he’s raffling off the nine-acre parcel, which includes 51 RV spots, a house, post office, two stagecoaches, two fire pits and some spectacular views.

“It’s really tough, it is. It’s very tough, because I have huge expectations of what this park could be,” Mowrey said.

With the money from the raffle, Mowrey said he can get out of debt, and the winner gets everything except the mortgage.

Click here to go to the raffle site.

Walt Fichtner has gone to the RV park for years. He knows about the raffle, but he’s working against Mowrey and won’t buy a ticket.

“If he doesn’t sell enough, then he’s not going to raffle it off,” Fichtner said.

Like every good sales pitch, there’s a catch: If Mowrey doesn’t sell 10,000 tickets, he can’t pay off his loans, there’s no raffle and the money is refunded.

The raffle is on Labor Day. So far, Mowrey has sold fewer than 100 tickets. He’s hoping the Internet will help him reach his goal of selling off his dreams.

“Most people say it’s just a unbelievable deal. They don’t believe it — they don’t believe that it is going to be a mortgage-free deal,” Mowrey said

Second prize in the raffle is a new car, and third prize is a 46-inch TV.

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