Midway • Vicki and Bill Naggy got the keys to their new home on Friday. And the keys to their new car. And a check for $500,000.
Lucky? You bet. Vicki won the 2012 HGTV Dream Home when her entry was chosen from more than 81 million entries. Well, 81,101,314 entries, as Bill quickly pointed out with a laugh.
"When I found out I actually won, I couldn't believe it," said Vicki, 50, from the small town of Acme, Penn. "Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. It was just totally unexpected."
Vicki, a hairdresser who works at a Fantastic Sam's in Pennsylvania, said she entered every day, twice a day, for the month-long contest period. (Once at HGTV.com; one at FrontDoor.com.) And that this was not the first time she'd entered the annual contest.
"I've actually entered every year," Naggy said. "I never had the feeling, though, that I had with this place. I don't know why I had a connection, but there was just something that reminded me every day to go right on and enter."
"The stonework," interjected her husband, who retired from his job as a laborer 11 months ago.
"Yeah, probably the stonework," Vicki agreed.
That's just one of the luxury features in the 4,000-square-foot home built on the banks of the Provo River in Midway. The three-bedroom, 4Â½-bath ranch home with mountain views from every window is part of a prize package worth more than $2 million. The package includes furnishings, artwork, a 2012 GMC Terrain and that check for half a million dollars.
"It's beautiful," said Vicki, who has never been to Utah before. "The mountains are gorgeous."
Bill was not only making his first trip to Utah, he did so by boarding a plane for the first time.
"I swore I'd never fly," he said. "But then when she won this, it's, like I guess I'm flying."
The cash prize will pay the taxes on the house and SUV. The Naggys haven't decided yet what they'll do with the house live in it or sell it.
"We're still a little undecided," Vicki said. Both she and Bill are caring for their parents, who are ill. "We have a lot on our plates to think about, so it's hard to make a decision at this point."