HGTV giveaway winner to decide: Free house in Oakley or $350,000 lump sum?

HGTV giveaway winner to decide: Free house in Oakley or $350,000 lump sum?
HGTV is giving away this house in Oakley (Photo: HGTV)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - You may remember that HGTV had been planning to give away a free house in Oakley. It was part of the network’s annual Urban Oasis giveaway.

Basically, developers went into the Oakley neighborhood, completely remodeled a home from top to bottom, and then gave it away. This year, Lois Anderson of Detroit, Mich., was drawn from more than 65 million entries to win the grand prize package.

“I’m so excited,” said Anderson. “No one needs to pinch me because I haven’t stopped pinching myself."

She was on this week’s Rob Williams Anytime podcast to talk about her big win -- and whether the $350,000 lump sum option would be more appealing:

The giveaway includes a completely remodeled and furnished Dutch Colonial Revival-style home, plus $50,000 provided by national mortgage lender Quicken Loans. It was constructed by local builder The English Contractor and planned by local architecture firm Platte Architecture + Design.

Here are some of the specs:

  • Home valued at $700K
  • 2,000-Square-foot Dutch Colonial style house
  • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

The mother of two and grandmother of nine was drawn to the home’s Cincinnati location since it’s relatively close to all her family in Michigan. Anderson says she entered twice every day during the sweepstakes, only missing a few times if she was in a rush to get to work.

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