The £675,000 sudoku

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A man has offered his £675,000 Lancashire home as a prize in an online puzzle competition.

Once entrants solve the sudoku number puzzle they pay a 50 entry fee to receive a place in the prize competition to win the detached home in Wyre.

Owner Dave Mackie, 49, said: "There is no catch. I'm looking to retire abroad and the time has come to move on. I thought this was a fun way to get rid of the old house and beat the credit crunch.

"If I haven't got the sufficient number of successful entrants by February 2010, then someone wins the competition fund as a cash prize – and I start ringing around estate agents again."

Mr Mackie said the maximum odds of winning his home, in Hambleton, Over Wyre, are 14,000/1.

He has lived in the house for 10 years and has spent 200,000 on improvements in the last few years. He said: "Everyone gets a unique entry number and all the entrance fees are held in a separate bank account opened specifically for the competition."

A full description of the house is given on his competition prize website,

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