HGTV Smart Home 2019 Winner Ambush

HGTV host Tiffany Brooks surprised grand-prize winner Maureen Rustrian from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. See her priceless reaction as she learns the good news.

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

Photo By: Chrisopher Lane

When Tiffany Comes to Town

Designer and host Tiffany Brooks set out to ambush the lucky winner of HGTV Smart Home 2019 at her home in New Jersey.

Ready, Set, Ambush

The HGTV camera crew waited patiently with friends and family to share the amazing news to Maureen Rustrian, the lucky winner of the HGTV® Smart Home Giveaway 2019.

Planning the Surprise

The HGTV crew first ambushed Maureen’s husband at his fitness studio, enlisting his help to surprise his wife with a backyard summer barbecue that same evening. Using the ruse that Maureen’s friend from Boston was in town on business, the team worked quickly to plan the bombshell event with family and friends.

Quiet on Set

Tiffany quieted the crew as Maureen pulled up the driveway.

A Moment of Disbelief

“I thought it was a joke at first, but then I realized that no one would actually have all this equipment with the cameras, lights and microphones,” said Maureen. “And then, I heard Tiffany’s voice – it’s so distinct – and it slowly started to sink in.

She Entered Every Day

A self-proclaimed HGTV addict, Maureen says that with three boys at home, she doesn’t get control of the TV remote as often as she would like. But that didn’t stop her from entering the giveaway online twice a day, every day during the sweepstakes period.

Too Good to be True

Even for this dedicated fan, getting the news from Tiffany that she had been selected as the winner of the HGTV Smart Home 2019 was too good to be true. Maureen was randomly drawn from over 97 million entries.

The Ultimate Prize Package

The giveaway includes the residence and all its furnishings, a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE and $100,000 from LendingTree. The home is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Roanoke, Texas.

Texas Road Trip

Our lucky winner is still in disbelief at her good fortune. Maureen and her husband (pictured on the far right) have never been to Texas and will get a chance to see the home for the first time in the coming weeks.

Don't Miss the Special

Viewers can witness her reaction to the ambush and the home itself by watching the HGTV Smart Home 2019 Giveaway Special premiering Friday, August 16 at 1 p.m. ET on HGTV.

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