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Where $10,000 "AFHV" winner is now

Where Are The Winners of America's Funniest Home Videos Now?
Thousands of hours of 'America's Funniest Home Videos' footage has made millions of families laugh across the country and across the world -- but what happens to those winners once the cameras stop rolling and the audience goes home? "AFV" decided to find out.

Meghan Lamontagne was only 10 when her mom and dad surprised the young, aspiring baton twirler from New Hampshire with a pet cat named Pumpkin. Meghan's sweet surprise and genuine reaction was captured in a single perfect moment on video. Eventually, the family submitted the video and then found themselves sitting front row center competing for the $10,000 first place prize during season 14 (2003-2004).

Meghan recalled what it was like to see Tom Bergeron, the popular host of AFV, in person. "It was so surreal seeing someone on TV and then all of a sudden, they're two feet in front of you!" Amid all the excitement, the Lamontagne family didn't actually hear their name called as the $10,000 winner. "I remember having to lip read Tom calling 'Smitten With a Kitten' and him saying my name."

The money helped Meghan achieve her childhood dream of performing with her baton team in Germany for American soldiers stationed overseas. "If it wasn't for 'America's Funniest Home Videos' and winning $10,000, my family and I wouldn't have been able to afford to go."

The allure of television has stayed with Meghan throughout her life. She now tours the country as a social correspondent and broadcast journalist for major media outlets. But the memory of "AFV" has never left her. "Winning "America's Funniest Home Videos" continues to visit me every year: it always comes back into my life somehow."

When asked if other people should submit their funny home video to AFV, Meghan's response was a very emphatic "Absolutely! If you find it hilarious and your family and friends find it hilarious, you could walk away with $10,000!" That's a lot of money for a laugh!

"AFV" airs every Sunday 7/6c on ABC.

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sedunning February 28 2014 at 1:03 AM

yes, was also disappointed there was no mention of the cat

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pd111187 sedunning February 28 2014 at 1:09 AM

Hey everyone! This is Meghan from the video. So you're all wondering what happened to sweet Pumpkin. Unfortunately he passed away 7 years ago. He got very sick with cancer but lived a happy 10 years full of love and hugs. He was such a good cat and my first pet. Love him and miss him very much. Now I have an all white Tabby named Marshmallow and she is 17 years old and still kickin! I do make mention of the cat it just didn't make it to this edit. I believe a longer version will be on MSN soon. Thanks so much for watching and I hope it made ya'll smile =)
-Meghan Lamontagne

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bejit22 February 27 2014 at 10:03 PM

But... what happened to the CAT!?

LOL! I sat thru waiting for word on the treasured puss, but none was given. So much for her love of cats which is why she won.

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olanda1 February 27 2014 at 9:55 PM

What happened to the cat?!!!! lol

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brandma6585 February 27 2014 at 6:18 PM

I like this show, I remember seeing the winning video. Nice to read something today that's not violent, gross, or sad. :)

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ronald1216 February 27 2014 at 4:07 PM

she came very beautiful

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cattdogs February 27 2014 at 2:39 PM

Nice story, no one was hurt, killed raped, sexually harrassed, just something nice, many cant hanle life with out friction. Wonder if she still has the cat?

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pjarizona February 27 2014 at 11:16 AM

I would love to watch more of these but to many ads to watch first

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mlynch102891 February 27 2014 at 2:03 PM

May not be "news" but I do enjoy a pallet cleanser here and there.

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borzoikaz February 27 2014 at 2:52 PM

So what happened to the kitten? That small life was the real motivation behind the win.

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nannymel borzoikaz February 27 2014 at 3:39 PM

I'm sure they kept the kitten but it wasn't totally about the kitten, it was the girl's reaction to getting the kitten. Sheesh.

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chrisconnolly5 nannymel February 27 2014 at 6:59 PM

Sheesh Nanny, lighten up, don't bust your Nanny Nuts.

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Shane February 27 2014 at 8:20 PM

SEE what she looks like???? How retarded are the AOL writers at this point???? Please hire me, i will at least have the sense to include the picture when we the headline invites you to SEE!!! IDIOTS!!!!

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Joe Shane February 27 2014 at 8:24 PM

the blond on the video right from the start .......

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gbtyping Shane February 27 2014 at 8:27 PM

You ARE seeing her. She's the girl doing the narration. She tells you about when SHE won the prize.

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