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Private Island Raffled to Lucky Winner

One Australian man is now the lucky owner of a 16-room resort

Jul 27, 2016 | By Staff Writer

It may have sounded too good to be true but it turns out that the Australian couple behind Kosrae Nautilus Resort in Micronesia really did sell their property through a raffle. Doug and Sally Beitz are now one step closer to their dream of moving back to Australia thanks to one lucky winner named Joshua (his full name is being withheld by the by the current owners to protect his privacy)

“His name is Joshua and he’s from Australia,” Doug said, adding that he lived in New South Wales state. A video posted on Facebook revealed the winning number, drawn on Tuesday evening by a computer, to be ticket 44,980.

The raffle was streamed live, where the couple picked one lucky winner out of more than 50,000 people from more than 100 countries. Their home on the remote island is one that they have been taking care of for more than 20 years. With a population of 6,500, the island is one that will certainly attract those who love adventure.

The island of Kosrae also has an international airport, schools and a volcano. Though little is known about the winner, it is likely that he will emerge into the spotlight as soon as some eager beaver from the media sniffs it out.

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