How does the competition work?


  1. Make your payment first -  then fill in the entry form.
  2. Max of 550,000 paid entries. This is entries not people, many people buy multiple entries, the competition will close as soon as the target is reached so don't wait to buy.)
  3. The competition is based on skills: you need to solve a puzzle or answer question(s) in order to enter successfully.
  4. Orchardton has had and still has interested buyers. In fact there is always someone wanting to buy it. So if you can't afford to keep it and don't want to turn it into a business, you could resell or to make it easier we  can offer the winner a cash prize.
  5. If you have any questions please look at the FAQ or you can email or call. If you have any problems or we have not made something clear enough, please email us and we will have a look at it. Thanks.

Frequently Asked Questions


When is the closing date?

The closing date for the competition is May 18th.


Why don't you offer refunds?

Because we need to be sure how the competition is doing and how many entries are in. We cannot be then taking entries off. We would be going backwards and forwards. People who entered and then found that they had answered a question wrong may then want a refund. Our causes are all good ones which help animals and children.


What are these mini competitions?

Mini competitions will run over the next few months, until the competition ends and you can keep up to date with what is happening with the competition. We also have some exciting news, regarding radio, which we will share with you in the next few weeks. All entries into the mini competitions are still included in the main competition. We use these to build awareness about the charities and causes we are promoting. On some competitions, they benefit as soon as the mini competition ends.

New mini competitions start on Sundays so check back then. Don't forget to refresh your page.


How do I enter Internationally?

Just go to or click here.


How do I know this is a real competition?

You can call Susan, look her up on Facebook. Her number is on the site. Email her. She is on the electoral register and a member of the CIOJ. The competition is now available Worldwide where permitted.


How can I enter the competition?

To enter successfully you need to answer the question(s) by completing the Online Entry Form with the payment of 5.00 pounds sterling, $7 and  €6 (EURO - THIS CHANGES DEPENDENT ON CURRENCY CHANGES) for international payment or by post in an envelope with a cheque or on a post card for free entry.

Make sure you add your name and tel number and email so that you can be identified on both your entry form and your payment.


Can I enter the competition more than once ?

You can enter as many times as you like. You only need to answer the question(s) once. Your amount of entries is determined by how much you pay. Free entries must be on a postcard  and have the details of the competition and your details. 1 post card per entry . Free entries we supply for multi-buy competition entries are automatically entered and you do not need to send them on a post card.


When will the draw take place?

Closing date 18th May at 6pm GMT. If the winner is unable to take up the prize, they may be offered a cash alternative.  The draw will take place 12 days later. All entries must be in by then. The date has changed to coincide with the Yulin Festival. However, if entries sell out before, the competition will close but the main draw will still take place in May.


How will the Winner be contacted if he/she wins?

We will contact you by e-mail, telephone (we will try this first) or post through the contact details which will be received when the person submitted the Online Entry Form or details by post.


How will the draw be conducted?

Each entry will be assigned a unique identifier and we will use a random number generator to select a winning entry. A member of one of the main  charities will be present for the draw along with members of the press. The draw of correct entries will be conducted at the offices of the Chartered Institute of Journalism.

We just need your telephone number, which needs to be the same as used in whichever payment you use and your email or address if entering by post. (not everyone has email)

Each correct individual entry is then added to the final draw to be selected by a random number generator.


If choosing Paid entry - what is the best method of payment?

Our preferred method of payment is by Bank Transfer  or mobile payment or cheque.


What if I get the questions wrong?

This is a skill competition -  please try to make sure that the answer is right to the competition questions. We cannot tell you if it is wrong and we cannot enter you into the winners draw if it is wrong. Please use your skill and judgement to find the correct answers.


How long should i wait for a confirmation email?

You should receive an email that we have your form. We tally all forms with payments and will only contact you if we cant put your form and payment together. We have a lot of entries to work through thanks to all of you!

Don't forget a MAX of 550,000 tickets can be sold, as soon as this happens  -  we will close the competition. (This is about 250,000 people as the average ticket buy is 2 per person. The odds of winning are very good and the more entries you have, the more chance.


Is Orchardton still for sale?

No, it is not for sale whilst the competition is running. It is with Getanoffer who are taking a list of interested parties should the winner not be able to take up the prize but it will definitely not be sold at any price whilst the competition is going on.