Former Marine Wins Grand Prize Package in HGTV Dream Home 2013 Giveaway

  Former Marine Wins Grand Prize Package in HGTV Dream Home 2013 Giveaway

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- March 15, 2013

Former Marine Carole Simpson was feeding her two dogs at her home in rural
Columbia, Tenn., when she heard the knock at her front door. Moments later,
Simpson learned she is the winner of the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2013, a
grand prize package worth more than $2 million, and including a fully
furnished home on Kiawah Island, S.C., a new GMC® Acadia® Denali® and

HGTV host Monica Pedersen (right) breaks the news to Carole Simpson of
Columbia, Tenn., that she is ...

HGTV host Monica Pedersen (right) breaks the news to Carole Simpson of
Columbia, Tenn., that she is winner of the HGTV Dream Home 2013 Giveaway.
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“This is amazing,” Simpson said, when she answered her door to find her
daughter, Nicole, and HGTV’s Monica Pedersen with the good news. “I almost
can’t believe it. This is going to be fun.”

Pulling off the surprise required some creativity on the part of Pedersen and
the HGTV production crew that recorded the happy moment. They enlisted the
help of Simpson’s daughter to help keep a lid on the secret until they could
sneak up the long open driveway.

“This was our first-ever double ambush,” Pedersen said. “We broke the news to
Nicole first, so she could help us keep it a surprise until the right moment.”

Simpson, an avid baker, says she’s especially excited about the elaborate
kitchen in her new dream home, and thrilled about the gas fireplace so she
will no longer have to haul wood. She says she’ll use some of the cash prize
to visit her son and his family in Australia.

Simpson recently retired from a 25-year career as an automotive assembly
worker. She says she’s entered the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway the last four
years. Her name was chosen randomly from more than 77 million entries.

“It never occurred to me that I could win,” she said. “Those who didn’t win,
keep trying. If it happened for me, it could happen for anyone.”

Viewers can witness her reaction during the special HGTV Dream Home 2013
Giveaway Special that airs on March 15 at 7 pm ET on HGTV.

By taking a virtual tour of this custom-built, 3000-square-foot home at, viewers can see first-hand the incredible features,
details and décor that make it a dream come true for Simpson.

The fully furnished HGTV Dream Home 2013 features products provided by
national advertising partners including GMC, Lumber Liquidators, Inc., Bounty
Paper Towels, The Sherwin-Williams Company, BISSELL® Homecare, Inc., Delta
Faucet, DISH, Kraft Foods NA, Progressive Insurance, Vitamix®, Ethan Allen
Global Inc., Johns Manville, and PetSmart, Inc.

About HGTV

America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable
network that is distributed to more than 98 million U.S. households and the
HGTV website,, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden
destination that attracts an average of four million unique visitors per
month. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME consumer products line which
showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, soft goods and other
home-oriented products, as well as HGTV Magazine, a new home and lifestyle
publication published in partnership with Hearst Magazines.

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