Eagan couple spending Powerball winnings on their ‘lottery dream home’ — and you can watch
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The children stare up at the house for sale on Sycamore Drive. An assistant television producer steps out, walking past them. The children’s eyes widen.
Word has apparently spread in this Eagan neighborhood about a television crew that has hunkered down at this $478,800 listing; the children are curious.
“Do you know what show this is for?” one of the kids finally asks.
Yes, kid. It’s “My Lottery Dream Home,” hosted by Minnesota native David Bromstad for HGTV.
“It’s basically ‘House Hunters’ for lottery winners,” Bromstad told the Pioneer Press during a break from filming.
But, oh, what a house hunt: Having recently won the lottery, these are clients who can suddenly upgrade their wants, needs and dreams.
In a way, Bromstad can relate.
“When I won ‘Design Star,’ I felt like I won the lottery,” he says.
Originally, though, Bromstad envisioned a Disney background for his happy ending. After graduating from Wayzata High School in 1992, Bromstad moved to Florida to study at the Ringling School of Art and Design. While he hoped to become a Disney animator — and he did work for Disney for awhile — it was HGTV that made him a star.
It was 2006 when “HGTV Design Star” — and Bromstad — debuted on HGTV. Throughout the reality-show competition, the young artist and designer impressed the judges with his creativity — which included fashioning a rug out of what appeared to be mulch: “You can’t play it safe,” Bromstad said at the time. “You have to always take that risk. Because if you’re always safe, you’re never gonna win, you might just be medium.”
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Although they were seeking a property big enough to build a pole barn for an indoor dog agility course, Bromstad asked the couple if they had made any “big splurges” since their win.
They had to think about it.
“I bought towels,” said Rhonda Meath.
“The first few seasons were really hard to cast because there have been some shows about lottery winners that aren’t favorable,” says Bromstad. “So we had to break through that bad press. But now the first two seasons are airing and people can see that we’re showing a really happy moment in their lives. So now people are actually coming to us and wanting to be on TV, which is fun.”
That includes Emily and Luke Lange, the lottery winners whose house hunt brought Bromstad to Eagan.
“It’s really nice that they have that big projector,” Emily Lange said, as the cameras rolled during the tour of the lower level.
“Isn’t it fun?” Bromstad replied.
David Bromstad, left, host of HGTV’s “My Lottery Dream Home,” shows Luke and Emily Lange the lower level of a house that is for sale in Eagan on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. The couple, who won $1 million through the Minnesota Lottery in 2016, decided to spend part of their winnings on a house in their preferred school district. (Molly Guthrey / Pioneer Press)
Soon, though, Bromstad — who is now in his 40s but still has the youthful air of a teenager with his lean build, his trendy jeans and his energetic air — encourages the couple to keep moving.
“You guys want to see the outside?” he asks.
The Langes were just trying to break a $100 bill when they bought gas, two Mega Millions tickets and two Powerball tickets at a SuperAmerica in Burnsville in 2016. Turns out, they got a lot of change back: $1 million.
These days, $1 million isn’t exactly enough to retire on — especially after all those taxes are withheld. But while the couple kept their day jobs — Luke is a warehouse supervisor, Emily is an X-ray technician — they were able to make certain lifestyle changes for themselves and their three young kids.
“We paid off our student loans and our camper and decided to look for a house in the school district that we want to be in by the time our oldest is in kindergarten,” says Emily.
The HGTV fans were intrigued when the show sent them a letter.
“It said, ‘Congratulations on your win; we’re interested in helping you with your house search,’” says Emily.
The thirty-somethings decided to go for it.
“We watch these shows all the time, and figured it would be our only chance to be on one of them,” Emily says.
We won’t reveal any spoilers here. You’ll have to tune in to HGTV, perhaps sometime in early 2018, to see which house the Langes pick on Season 4, Episode 3 of “My Lottery Dream Home.”
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“I think we’re in New Hampshire next — maybe?” says Bromstad. “This show in general is a traveling show. So we’re in a different city every week. Which is super fun. I’m enjoying seeing different parts of the country — and seeing places that people might not normally visit. These are people’s hometowns, where they live or where they won.”
It’s also a different kind of show for Bromstad.
“My other shows were design oriented and this is more about real estate,” he says. “So I’m kind of playing a real estate agent on TV. Even though I’m not one. I just know fabulous.”
He knows fabulous — and he knows dreams.
“Everyone dreams about winning the lottery,” Bromstad says. “I don’t think there’s anybody in this world who hasn’t heard of the lottery who hasn’t dreamed about it.”
It’s not always about the money, though.
After wrapping up Saturday’s shoot, Bromstad was excited about his next stop.
“I’m going to go and and carve pumpkins with my family,” he said.A Powerball-winning Eagan couple will have their search for a new house featured on HGTV's “My Lottery Dream Home,” hosted by Minnesota native David Bromstad.
Everything you need to know about My Lottery Dream Home host David Bromstad
Winning the lottery can be a huge shock on its own. Then add in stress of trying to find a home that not only matches your needs, but the features you’ve always dreamed of — seeing as you can afford it now. That’s where David Bromstad comes in.
The stylish host of My Lottery Dream Home is the cheerful and helpful guide new millionaires need to locate the right property.
But while we find out a lot about the lottery winners’ lives, we learn little about Bromstad himself during the show. So here the fun facts and important details about the charming design guru you need to know.
1. Bromstad was born in the US state of Minnesota on August 17 in 1973.
2. He attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida before becoming an illustrator for Disney.
3. After leaving Disney, Bromstad started his own company designing kids’ bedrooms.
4. He competed on the first season of TV series Design Star, which aimed to find a host for US home design channel HGTV, and won. Now he is a mentor on the show.
5. Bromstad also hosted the series Color Splash, a room makeover series focusing on colour.
6. In 2015, he began hosting My Lottery Dream Home, which has so far filmed eight seasons.
Bromstad takes recent lottery winners through three beautiful houses according to their wish lists. (Instagram)
7. Surprisingly, even though Bromstad has witnessed first-hand what winning the lotto can do for people, he doesn’t play himself. “No, I do not play the lottery because I’ve already won the lottery. I won Design Star and that was my lottery. I’m generally not a very lucky person. So I’m good. I’ve won it, that’s my win,” he told The Wrap.
8. Except that one time the Powerball jackpotted to $1.6 billion. “[I was] in the middle of nowhere filming when it was going on, so I figured I might as well buy a ticket at every gas station I went to — I bought $100 worth of tickets,” he said in an interview with AOL.
9. He sees his role on My Lottery Dream Home as a supportive one. “They’re bringing me in because they’re stuck,” he told the LA Times. “It’s just the overwhelming amount of choices they now have. I tell them to take a breath and make this decision correctly and have good time with it. I treat them like a friend.”
10. When not hosting My Lottery Dream Home, Bromstad is just as stylish and embraces holidays, events and causes with fun, flare and passion.
11. Apart from design, Bromstad’s other interests include health and fitness and tattoo art.From where the TV host learnt his design skills to how he got his big break in TV and what he thinks of his… ]]>