She wants the house! HGTV Urban Oasis winner decides against $350,000 lump sum in favor of Cincinnati home

She wants the house! HGTV Urban Oasis winner decides against $350,000 lump sum in favor of Cincinnati home
“No one needs to pinch me because I haven’t stopped pinching myself."

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."

Now, just because she won didn’t mean she automatically got the house. She was able to decide whether to take a lump sum of $350,000 or the home (valued at $700,000) and $50,000.

This week on the Rob Williams Anytime podcast, Anderson revealed her decision:

The completely remodeled and furnished Dutch Colonial Revival-style home was constructed by local builder The English Contractor and planned by local architecture firm Platte Architecture + Design.

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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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