Milton O'Bryant, who won the 2002 Dream Home, said in the press release: "Winning something that is valued at more than one million dollars has a great effect on your life." Among the things that he did with his winnings was to buy his dream car, a 50th Anniversary-edition Corvette, for more than $50,000.
1998 Dream Home winner Tina Carlson actually kept her house as a vacation home for seven years before selling it. Kathi Nakao, the 2004 Dream Home winner, sold the home and used the proceeds to make her own home look like it.
According to a Dream Home article in the Gazette O0nline, last year's winner, Stephanie Dee, had a long vacation in her beach-front home in Islamorada, Florida, before putting it on the market in August.
Read the full HGTV press release to find more information about previous winners.