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HGTV Answers the Question, Where Are the Dream Home Winners Now?

By January 20, 2009

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A lot of people are still wondering whether winning the HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes is worth paying those sky-high taxes. HGTV has released a press release that follows some of the winners over the past 12 years, and what they've done with the winnings.

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.

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February 7, 2009 at 5:38 pm
(1) Hope says:

Hi I’m a nine year old girl I realy want my mommy to win this house cause if we do then maybe we will have a pretty house and it will make everyone happy again.
P.S.I havent been happy for a long time

January 17, 2010 at 10:12 am
(2) Katie says:

For a nine year old you like to look up odd articles about the Dream Home. You also spell really well…Come on. Does someone think it’s cute to pretend to be nine year olds? Please.

January 24, 2011 at 11:34 am
(3) Liberty says:

Wow! A 9 yr. old! It looks more to me that an adult is writing a comment, or using her child to get some sympathy? That is low! I agree with you Katie. And, by the way “hope” a house and money is not going to make everyone happy, sometimes it is a curse. Pray, and thank God for what you do have.

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