Grandma has ‘best reaction’ to winning HGTV Home: VIDEO
When retired grandma Regina Richardson of Pittsboro, North Carolina, gathered with her family for her belated birthday party at a local restaurant, little did she know she was in for the surprise of a lifetime. HGTV actually coordinated with her daughter to take the opportunity to tell Richardson that she had won the 2022 Urban Oasis Sweepstakes out of 77 million entries.
Richardson was stunned when HGTV personality Brian Patrick Flynn, followed by a camera crew, entered the restaurant with a cake that looked like the 2022 Urban Oasis home, a newly built and fully furnished Nashville home that was part of the The main prize of the competition was . After Richardson recognized Flynn and looked at the cake, she yelled, “I won!?”
Overwhelmed by the news that she had been randomly chosen to receive the house, a new car and a $50,000 check, Richardson held Flynn’s hands to keep her on her feet and called on Flynn – the one for the interiors of the House was in charge – to say Richardson’s response “may be the best response in history”.
Winner Regina Richardson says she always enters HGTV’s sweepstakes
In a video of the surprise announcement posted to HGTV’s Instagram account, Richardson was visibly stunned by her big win but never gave any hope that it might happen. She revealed that she has been entering the sweepstakes for as long as she can remember.
“I’ve been doing this forever,” she said, still incredulous. “I do it every year, every house.”
In a press release, HGTV said the grand prize package was worth $1.3 million. It includes the 2,500-square-foot Urban Oasis home — which has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two toilets — as well as $50,000 from Ally and a new Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Richardson told HGTV her win was “a dream come true for me and my family.”
“When the camera crew came over in front of us, I thought my daughter had put together a video for me, then I looked to the right and Brian was standing there,” she said. “When I saw his face I just knew it and I think I said, ‘I won!'”
Richardson to People magazine she considers herself an HGTV “superfan” and that when the network ran sweepstakes for new homes, she signed up for daily reminders so she’d remember to enter each day. Fans were allowed to make up to two entries per day — once on HGTV’s website and once on Food Network’s website.
Richardson said her favorite shows on HGTV are Married to Real Estate with Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson, Help! I Wrecked My House” with Jasmine Roth and “100 Day Dream Home” with Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt.
Brian Patrick Flynn tours Regina Richardson’s new home – but will she keep it?
HGTV has hired Flynn to design its Urban Oasis 2022 and to host a show about the home in October. He also previously worked on HGTV’s Dream Home and is the star of Magnolia Network’s Mind For Design. Architect Turner Binkley, contractor Mitchell Builders Group, muralist Kelsey Montague and veteran organizer Brittani Allen completed the team that brought the home to life.
Flynn said his design was inspired by the city of Nashville; It is about 10 minutes from downtown.
“I’m one of Nashville’s biggest fans,” he said of the interior design in the video. “I also love country music. That’s pretty much all I hear. So my idea for the interior was that it represented what country music and Nashville would be like in 2022.”
According to press materials, the end product on the first floor will include a “dining and work space,” “a state-of-the-art kitchen with an expansive island and banquette seating,” and a minimalist living room. Flynn’s design includes a marble-clad fireplace, kidney-shaped living room sofas, Broadway-inspired bistro lights, and heaps of colorful artwork, including female country music album covers, vintage instruments, and murals.
It’s not clear if Richardson will be moving to the new homeland from North Carolina, what Trippy estimates is a more than eight hour drive. Additionally, the taxes that come with winning a million dollar home can be too much for many people to bear.
According to a January 2021 Article on Homes.com, only six of the first 21 HGTV Dream House winners lived more than a year in the homes they won. Longest was the 1998 winner, who used her dream Florida home as a vacation home for eight years before selling it.
In March 2022, House Digest reports that taxes owed for homes worth over a million dollars can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars, so most winners sell the homes back to the developers or accept a cash alternative.
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