HGTV's David Bromstad spills on the backstage secrets of 'My Lottery Dream Home'

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It's almost suspiciously good timing that David Bromstad's newest HGTV venture, "My Lottery Dream Home," premiered around the same time as last month's record-high Powerball.

The show follows Bromstad as he guides recent lottery winners on their quests for an upgraded dream home. The series' first season begins with Rick and Lorie, who had just won a $180 million Mega Millions jackpot, as they search for a home with a big yard and 6 or more bedrooms. A later episode follows a young family as they look for the perfect beach house.

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Bromstad known for his colorful interiors and equally as colorful personality, injects the show with a welcome jolt of his signature positive energy and deliciously naughty humor. He makes the perspective homeowners on each episode feel comfortable and ensures that they finish their hunts content and with smiles on their faces.

The HGTV veteran sat down with AOL for an exclusive interview at our New York headquarters to talk about the show, taking inspiration from other stars on his network and what he would've done had he won that infamous Powerball jackpot.



Check out our full conversation with David Bromstad below:

The idea behind "My Lottery Dream Home" is quite unique. Who came up with the concept?

Loren Ruch, who's one of the executives, came up with the concept. He's a genius -- he's like Jesus at HGTV. He's best friends with everyone he meets: He's beautiful, smart and a great friend. I don't know if he'd say the same thing about me. [Laughs] He's the mastermind behind a lot of the really fun, great shows.

And it's so timely with the Powerball!

I know! We were trying to get here faster so that we could capitalize on that buzz. And 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.

What would you have done if you had won the $1.6 billion jackpot?

I would've dropped the mic and said "Peace out, b****es!" No one would see me ever again.

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1. What is your favorite part about being the host of HGTV’s My Lottery Dream Home?
It is such an amazing experience to be a part of this. I mean, you are meeting these incredible people whose lives changed instantly in one day. It's so exciting. Let’s be honest, we always dream of buying that lottery ticket and fantasize about what we would do if we hit the big one. To meet these lucky winners and to see how they are living their dreams is simply AMAZING! 
2. What does a ‘dream home’ mean to you?
A dream home means something different to everyone as we all dream in different ways. For me, a dream home contains everything in life you’ve always wanted but couldn't afford, and within reason. It would include all the amenities and lavish interior design I envision.  A dream home doesn't have to be millions of dollars. It's a home that makes you feel happy, content and completely satisfied.   
3. What are the most popular locations for dream homes?
With all of the fantastic people I have met, every one of the dream homes were chosen in a location close to their family. I was actually pleasantly surprised.    
5. What are the most common pre-requisites you hear? i.e. a pool, a big yard/kitchen?
Almost always,  It's the number of bedrooms, upgraded fabulous kitchens, number of bathrooms, and always open flowing floor plans. Surprisingly, pools were not on the top of the list.
4. What is the most expensive home you’ve found? The most extravagant home?
The most expensive was $5,800,000.00. The most fabulous part is that they decided to by the entire surrounding mountain including a Bison ranch at the base. How is that for extravagance! Can You Imagine? "I think I will buy a mountain today.” How FUN!
6. What items do you think are worth splurging on?
If you are going to splurge, you definitely want to be in an area that compliments the home you are living in. Location is a huge part of splurging. As far as items, flooring, appliances, cabinets, unique hardware, fabulous fixtures, decor, lighting and home technology are all worth splurging on.   
7. What is the biggest mistake you most commonly see with lottery winners?
New winners tend to go crazy on spending when they first win. It's normal. It's like being given a credit card with no limit, but you have to remember, eventually the bill will come. We always regret many of the things we buy at the end of the month. Same principal applies to lottery winners. 
8. How do you recommend balancing splurging vs. saving your winnings?
Don’t purchase a 5 million dollar home when winning 2 million in the lottery. Maintain a budget and plan on your future. You don't want to be broke and bankrupt in a matter of years. Consult and spend money on a financial advisor if you are unsure.   
9. What is your dream home?
My dream home would definitely be a home on water, At least 4 thousand square feet with a  bay or ocean view in Miami Beach. It would be a 5 bedroom with 6 full bathrooms. An over the top saltwater pool and spa with a cabana house that would also be a guest house for friends and family. It would have a gym with all the bells and whistles. Definitely a smart home that's environmentally friendly and decorated by ME with every fabulous element my mind could possibly dream of.
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Are most people coming to you to upgrade their primary homes, or are they coming to you on the hunt for a vacation home?

Most people are looking to upgrade their primary homes. They're coming from very humble beginnings, and it's so fun to see these people live the dream. It's pretty amazing.

A lot of the couples come onto the show with pretty demanding wish lists. Do you ever feel any pressure to fulfill all of their demands?

It's hard to fulfill because they're still starry eyed about winning millions of dollars. When it comes down to style and location, though, it's hard to get what they like or what they want out of them. To teach them the difference between styles and design terms can also be difficult.

I'm like, "Show me a Pinterest board!" But, yeah, I'll get the most possible information out of them as I can. That's probably the hardest part, honestly, is trying to figure out their style and showing them things that keep us viewer-conscious.

What's the weirdest item on a wish list that you've had to fulfill?

The most bizarre was a guy who wanted a lot of bathrooms in the Hamptons. You know, "We're in the Hamptons, so we want lots of bathrooms!"

Is it a conscious decision to show these people remarkably different options on each episode? To keep it interesting?

It was. And they really left it up in the air for us -- most of them didn't really know where they wanted to be.

Have any of the winners' final choices surprised you?

Oh, a lot of them have. I don't know these areas -- they do. I'm simply coming in. The one constant seems to be that all of the choices are near family. That is 100% the biggest thing. A house could be in the middle of nowhere, and they always stay close to family. That was something that really surprised me. It's all about family.

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In the latest episode you said, "Tough decisions are the name of my game." What did you mean by that? What's the biggest decision you've witnessed on the show so far?

The biggest decision is just deciding on the house in general, of course. On the first episode, they had asked for a $3 million or lower limit, and I showed them a $5 million house. I usually don't do that -- you know, go millions above their limit. But when you win $180 million in the lottery, it comes with the territory. I pushed it a little bit there.

I look at how much they won, I look at how much they kept after taxes -- we don't usually talk about the taxes; it's not something that's very glamorous -- and then I have fun with it.

Do you take inspiration from other HGTV stars?

I'm the grandaddy of HGTV! It's not that I've taken anything from anyone else, but the people that are most successful on our channel are the people that are themselves. That's so important because America can see right through bulls**t.

If you're not true to who you are, people aren't going to watch you. I love seeing all of the different personalities on the network -- they're all so real.

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