KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sondra Cresta, a retiree from Glenwood, Maryland, was overjoyed at the news that she's the lucky winner of the DIY Network® Ultimate Retreat™ Giveaway 2017. Cresta's name was randomly drawn from 56 million entries to win the grand prize package valued at over one million dollars.
The giveaway includes a fully renovated and furnished waterfront escape nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain near Burlington, Vermont, plus $50,000 provided by national mortgage lender Quicken Loans®. The home is surrounded by some of the country's most jaw-dropping natural scenery and features 250 feet of direct lake frontage.
Cresta did not answer the initial call from DIY Network, thinking it was someone who didn't need her immediate attention. When a follow-up email from the network crossed her inbox, she knew she needed to call back. "I couldn't believe it," said Cresta after receiving the extraordinary news. "I thought it was a joke at first."
Cresta discovered the giveaway at DIYNetwork.com and fell in love with the home instantly. The kitchen, with its incredible views of Lake Champlain and upscale, open aesthetic, is her favorite space. "I love the appliances and cabinets," Cresta noted.
Even though she entered to win daily, Cresta never believed this dream would come true. "It's so exciting! I'm still trying to process it all," she exclaimed. "I have to pinch myself every day." Cresta and her daughter will be in Vermont soon to tour the home for the first time.
The first-ever DIY Network Ultimate Retreat, which was reimagined after ten successful years as DIY Network Blog Cabin, invited viewers to follow the demolition and renovation process room by room as a dated 1960s ranch-style home in a spectacular vacation destination was transformed into a show-stopping retreat.
DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2017 features products provided by national advertising partners including HGTV HOME™ by Sherwin-Williams, Lumber Liquidators, Inc., Quicken Loans®, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, James Hardie® Siding and Trim, Kenmore, La-Z-Boy Incorporated, The Container Store, Kohler Co., Willow Lane Cabinetry, LaCantina Doors and Phantom Screens.
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