A Bromstad Snapshot Gallery: House Hunting with Millionaires

What do you do when you suddenly have a million dollars (or a few million) to spend on a new home? The prospect might be more complicated than you think. What do you buy? Where do you start? These lucky lottery winners start by enlisting HGTV's real estate advisor David Bromstad in their search for a place to call 'My Lottery Dream Home'.

Tom and Renne

After some financial struggles and high medical bills, Tom and Renne's luck changed when Tom won a cool $1,000,000 in a Florida scratch-off lottery. David Bromstad is there to help them make the most of their winnings and find the perfect new home.

Tom and Renne

Lottery winners Tom and Renne celebrate their newfound influx of cash.

Tom and Renne

David meets with Tom and Renne in their current rental home to discuss their new-home wish list. (And share their mutual affinity for comfy recliners.)

Tom and Renne

Tom and Renne meet with a construction-company agent as they consider their new-home options – one of which is a new build. They're looking for a 2500 to 3000 sf home and they have a budget of $300,000 to $400,000.

Tom and Renne

David takes Tom and Renne to the Heron Creek house, a new build listed at $399,000.

Tom and Renne

Renne and Tom check out the luxury kitchen at Heron Creek house.

Tom and Renne

The Heron Creek house features dramatic double front doors, 14-foot ceilings and four bedrooms as well as a pool and lanai.

Tom and Renne

The second house on David's tour is the Charlotte Harbor house, built in the 1990s but an easy update would give it a more contemporary look.

Tom and Renne

The Charlotte Harbor house features a spacious kitchen, one of the top items on Renne's wish list. The kitchen has already been renovated with ceiling-height cabinets, black stone countertops and green tile backsplash.

Tom and Renne

Renne and Tom take a pause with David to consider the potential advantages of the Charlotte Harbor house.

For more on this My Lottery Dream Home episode, "Florida Dreaming", go here for additional info and air times.

Jon and Jody

David Bromstad meets with lottery winners Jon and Jody. After renting a vacation cabin at the same lake for 36 years, a $2,000,000 lottery win means they can make their cherished getaway locale a second home.

Jon and Jody

Jon and Jody live in Florida but they and their family have spent many of their vactions here at Dale Hollow Lake in a remote area of Tennessee. The surrounding land is, for the most part, still natural and untouched, thanks to restricted development. The lake itself boasts more than 600 miles of shoreline.

Jon and Jody

Jody and Jon are looking for a lake house with vintage character, plenty of room for visiting kids and grandchildren, and a nice porch or deck. Their budget range is $230,000 to $280,000. Their first stop is Lakepoint Lodge which, though it does not have a direct lake view, offers other features the couple is looking for.

Jon and Jody

The Lakepoint Lodge house features lots of space, a large covered porch and close proximity to local friends - as well as this marina where Jon and Jody are considering renting a boat slip.

Jon and Jody

Jon is a project manager and Jody is a retired schoolteacher. Their retirement years took on new meaning after Jon won $2,000,000 on a $10 ticket in the Florida State Lottery.

Jon and Jody

David continues the tour of Lakepoint Lodge with the lottery winners. The home includes this basement bonus room with flagstone fireplace.

Jon and Jody

The second stop on the home tour is Bridgewater Terrace – built on the side of a hill and featuring three separate decks and spectacular views of the lake.

Jon and Jody

Clearly the standout benefit of the Bridgewater Terrace home is the location and this stellar view of the lake as seen through the arched windows.

Jon and Jody

The final home on the tour is Cedarwood Cabin which also features a lake view as well as an open deck and quintessentially cabin feel.

Jon and Jody

The interior of Cedarwood Cabin has vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and traditional log-cabin walls.

Jon and Jody

Though the Cedarwood Cabin home has only a single master bedroom, the spacious upstairs loft can accommodate up to eight guests.

Jon and Jody

Though only 1530 square feet, the Cedarwood Cabin house does have attributes that Jody and Jon were wanting, including a large kitchen, open floor plan and a rustic cabin vibe.

For more on this My Lottery Dream Home episode - "Lakehouse Luxury" - go here for additional info and air times.

Luke and Emily

David Bromstad's particularly thrilled about helping these lottery winners since it means he gets to travel back to his home state of Minnesota.

Luke and Emily

After an impulse buy of a Powerball ticket at a gas station, Luke and Emily became instant millionaires. That lucky break was just the thing for a young couple with three kids.

Luke and Emily

Prior to their dream-home quest, the couple had been renting this modest home in Minneapolis. They hope to find a new home in the family-friendly suburbs, one with ample room for all of their kids (and dogs and cars) in a more luxurious setting.

Luke and Emily

Emily and Luke are wanting lots of space – around 3000 square feet – and their budget range is $400,000 to $500,000. This house, the Timber Wolf Trail house, is 3820 square feet, features five bedrooms, large open spaces and listed at $478,800.

Luke and Emily

One of the four well-appointed upstairs bedrooms at the Timber Wolf Trail house, this one could function ideally as a girl's bedroom.

Luke and Emily

The massive finished basement at the Timber Wolf Trail house is a definite asset for Emily and Luke and their growing family.

Luke and Emily

David talks with Emily and Luke about the potential uses for the finished basement as either a kids' space or a home theater and entertainment room.

Luke and Emily

David discusses the attributes of the Red Oak View house in Egan, MN. At $429,000, it's at the low end of Luke and Emily's price range and features five bedrooms, an open kitchen and family room, and a beautifully landscaped yard that backs up to a wooded park.

Luke and Emily

David shows the lottery winners the Evergreen Ridge house, the most expensive property on the tour. The home is 3030 square feet and features an open floor plan, large upstairs bonus room and a huge backyard.

For more on this My Lottery Dream Home episode - "Minnesota Millions" - go here for additional info and air times.

Jim and Kathy

Brother and sister, Jim and Kathy promised their late father they would always look out for one another, so when Jim won $1,000,000 in the lottery, he didn't hesitate to share the wealth with Kathy. Their hope is to re-create the spirit of their family holidays by buying a cabin in the woods of New Hampshire.

Jim and Kathy

The close-knit siblings have always dreamed of buying a holiday cabin in Madison, New Hampshire — just a two-hour drive from their current home in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Jim and Kathy

The first house on David’s home tour is Eidelweiss Hill, a relatively new property with mountain views, 1700 square feet, an open floor plan and a spacious deck.

Jim and Kathy

The interiors of the Eidelweiss Hill house have a more modern feel than some of the other homes David has identified. This house lists for $244,900, at the upper end of Jim and Kathy’s budget.

Jim and Kathy

Madison Lodge is the second house on the tour. It’s a smaller property, with 1350 square feet, but one with a more authentic cabin-like feel.

Jim and Kathy

Madison Lodge offers a number of appealing features including a woodland setting, large windows with spectacular New England views, wood interiors and vaulted ceilings.

Jim and Kathy

Other amenities include a large wood-burning stove and functional exposed beams. David recommends a kitchen makeover and expansion as a potential improvement. This cabin is priced at $156,000. 

Jim and Kathy

This selection, Three Pond Cabin, offers the ample space of the first house combined with the vintage charm of the second. At $179,900, this house is at the middle of Jim and Kathy’s price range.

Jim and Kathy

Exposed beams and raw wood paneling add to the cozy cabin vibe, as seen in this loft bedroom. 

Jim and Kathy

David Broimstad helped these lottery winners zero in on the perfect locale for a New England vacation retreat they can enjoy with family and friends.

For more on this My Lottery Dream Home episode - "Million-Dollar Siblings" - go here for additional info and air times.

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