The winner of the grand prize in Home and Garden Television’s Dream Home is from Connecticut.
Twice a day for six weeks, David Rennie would enter the sweepstakes, keeping his eye on the prize.
“All these possibilities are running through your mind of going to Florida,” Rennie said.
The Shelton man never thought he’d be picked out of more than 127 million entries.
That all changed a few weeks ago when he was at church for Palm Sunday when a crew from HGTV sprung the news.
"I was just overwhelmed, my wife freaked out, almost went into tears, the congregation erupted,” Rennie said.
The grand prize includes a beautiful coastal home on Merrit Island, Florida, a 2016 GMC Acadia Denali, $250,000 in cash and a new boat, all valued at more than $1.5 million.
"I've now looked at all the pictures, religiously watching it, and get to see the house in two to three weeks, going down to Florida,” Rennie said.
He said he still can’t believe his good fortune and says he's truly blessed. But winning the dream home sweepstakes is not the highlight of his life. That would be the kidney transplant he was a part of at Yale last March.
"That was the best thing that could ever happen to me at that point and this is just an extension of that,” Rennie said.
Last March he was part of the first eight-patient paired kidney transplant in Connecticut.
"I was on dialysis for almost two years. You wind up watching a lot of TV, read a lot of books and would binge watch these HGTV shows,” Rennie said.
What comes next for Rennie?
"I could sell out here, move to Florida, problem is still have to pay all the income taxes on the house, or I could take the cash option, or we could keep it and try to rent it as a luxury,” Rennie said.
He said they are all good options, but one thing is for sure. "My transplant was the first week of March. The drawing for the dream house this year was the first week of March, so next year on the first week of March, I'm going to do the lottery,” he said.
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