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Oct 8

Go Behind the Scenes: Winner Drawing

Today, I am so proud to present a special video that highlights the process of gathering entries, both mail-in and online, and randomly drawing the name of the giveaway winner. Thanks goes out to HGTV.com senior editor Liz Gray and DIYNetwork.com visual designer Jason Kisner for creating this online presentation. Enjoy … and please return to this blog on Friday, October 11, 2013, at 9 a.m. ET to read the winner announcement.


  • Posted at 11:08 am on October 10, 2013
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642 Comments

  1. Congratulations to the winner.

    Eugenia27 on October 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm
    • Hi Eugenia,
      I was trying to figure out how to let you know about this new posting and here you are—it would be nice if there was some sort of "new posting alert" to let people know that there is news on the "dream-filled, home front". Guess it is now time to dream forward and dream onward to new possibilities. :)

      joyfulj9 on October 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm
  2. Congrats to the winner! I think I know who you are!!!!! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY for you!
    For those who would like to hold onto their dreams for awhile longer, do so with best wishes, but for me I think we witnessed the phone call that morning to the winner…..
    (She has the same top and necklace on in the video while calling the new winner.)^_^

    amberPA on October 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm
  3. Did anyone else notice that the post says it was posted on October 10 ,2013 at 11:08 …..today is only October 8,2013… I am positive that they haven't called yet!!! after all they do have to do a background check and wouldn't be calling an hour and a half after the drawing!!!!

    8I8 on October 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm
    • None of the posted dates are the same dates as the threads are opened. The drawing was over 2 weeks ago.

      540sam on October 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    • You can be right! But in order to announce the winner they need to run a background before that. The revealing date is just in 3 days so I guess they had done it already :( I think we have a winner somewhere.

      Manatee on October 9, 2013 at 11:09 am
    • Today is October 9th, I check the website on Monday, not Tuesday and today is Wed. 10/9, so how can they post October 10th at 11:08 when it hasn't happened. 11:08 is my lunch time at work, will they come there or call my cell??? I am so nervous, excited and hopeful still. Technology !!!!

      mkro19 on October 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm
    • The winner was informed over two weeks ago. They know for sure and are keeping quiet which is part of the deal while the background checks are done. These take some time as every family member and their spouses, children etc. must be contacted and their associations with the excluded companies investigated. This can take weeks as it did last year with the winners large and widely dispersed family. There's also tax status and residency requirements that must be checked. This all takes time and can only be done with the winners consent. Therefore, the winner is chosen some weeks before their name is announced. It's been the same every year. Friday we will know their name but they know they are the winner already and have known for more than two weeks. It also gives them time to get professional advice on how best to handle the windfall, the publicity and the inevitable scammers. :)
      Keep calm and wait. ^_^

      Sally on October 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm
    • I completely agree with you, Sally, and that makes total sense. The winner was picked AND notified, we will find out who won, tomorrow on the 11th.

      AndreaMP on October 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm
  4. I thought Diy was perhaps going to have Laurie March ambush the winner this year. Sadly the dream has been over sense the day of the drawing. Still I am so happy for the winner I can not wait to see if she is a blogger.

    StormyWV on October 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    • Not this year… although it's a particular dream of mine!

      Maybe next year! :) :)

      Laurie
      http://blog.hgtvremodels.com/2013/10/02/fall-fire

      Laurie_March on October 9, 2013 at 11:07 am
    • Diy I am putting in my request for an ambush for the 2014 Blog home winner to be ambush by Laurie March next year. Maybe I will win and be able to meet her next year. finger crossed

      StormyWV on October 9, 2013 at 11:11 am
    • Gosh, that sounds so far away to dream again. I missed the view from the blobcam, it was my escape back to sanity and peace.

      havanera on October 9, 2013 at 11:55 am
    • It is far away. But until then we have the Urban Oasis, Dream Home, and the Smart Home. They give us endless dreams.

      StormyWV on October 9, 2013 at 11:59 am
    • Nothing is quite as dreamy as Blog Cabin – reasonable size, private beach, beautiful but simple design, historic/traditional touches, modern building techniques and conveniences… I'm going to miss it!

      TwoCorgis on October 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm
    • I will miss it also. It was very special.

      StormyWV on October 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    • Me three….i will miss it too…..but hope one of our regular bloggers won….

      twoTERRIERs on October 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    • Oh, yes I hope it is a blogger.

      StormyWV on October 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm
    • yes the paragraph does now state winner announcement friday….9am….yahoo..

      twoTERRIERs on October 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm
    • Laurie, I think I may have missed your comment somewhere that the call in the video was the actual call to the winner. Is this true?

      chris on October 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm
    • just click on lauries icon and you can read her statements

      twoTERRIERs on October 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    • Thank you.

      chris on October 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm
  5. Sounded like a gentleman's voice on the other end of the call-but then I could be wrong…I remember a video with Monica P. that showed her practicing and practicing with other staff before she made the actual ambush. Hoping that there is still a chance that the winner has yet to be called. If it's all been finalized, then congrats to the winner! You were the luckiest-this time!

    Downonthefarm on October 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm
    • its on the 11 th at 9 am

      pcaserto on October 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm
    • The video with Monica they were rehearsing since it was a tv show.

      havanera on October 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm
  6. O_o? Weird…"Posted at 11:08 am on October 10, 2013" …but today is the 8th!!
    In any case, congratulations to the winner!! Don't forget to breathe! ;D

    PR2USA on October 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm
    • :o so you agree,,,,it is weird!

      8I8 on October 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm
  7. Wow, I can't even imagine how excited that person must be!! Can't imagine winning and telling my husband after work. He would probably have a heart attack. Blessings to the winner and their family! :) So, do you all think the winner was the one in the pink envelope? They didn't really say…..

    Eden1875 on October 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm
  8. Congratulations to the lucky winner…we just haven't met you yet! Your life will be changed forever as you sit on the dock and enjoy that gorgeous home and outdoor living area! All best wishes to you!

    memanbepa on October 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm
  9. Congrats to the winner,,,,now I can breath and move on…..UNTIL NEXT YEARS!!!! Blog Cabin gets me more excited each year

    cynthia on October 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm
  10. This is fun! Glad I joined and can't wait to get excited with you all for the next one. :)

    Eden1875 on October 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    • Eden, I feel the same way. I finally took the plunge and created an account instead of continuing to blog as a guest. I am so glad I joined this wonderful group of dreamers!

      TwoCorgis on October 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

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