BY: GIBSON JOHNS
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.
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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?
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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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.
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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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