Host David Bromstad guides lucky lottery winners through the process of landing their ultimate living situation on HGTV’s My Lottery Dream Home. But from the winners’ crazy wishlists to David’s lucky win, this is the untold truth of the hit TV show.

Launching any new TV series comes with its challenges, but for HGTV’s My Lottery Dream Home, those obstacles were even more daunting, and for a very good reason: People who have just won big bucks in the lottery might not want the kind of attention brought on by reality TV. This initially made casting the show somewhat tricky. Producer Mike Krupat told Mediaweek, “Lottery winners don’t really need the exposure and they don’t need the money to participate.”

According to Krupat, the series’ first season was easily its most difficult when it came to finding people willing to appear on the show. He said, “We reached out to close to 1,000 lottery winners and we got 10 to appear on our first season.”

After My Lottery Dream Home was on the air and winners could see what the show was all about, casting became significantly easier. Krupat added, “Once other winners saw the show and how it was about wish fulfillment and making people’s dreams become a reality, people were more willing to take part.” Keep watching to learn The Truth About HGTV’s My Lottery Dream Home!

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Launching Season 1 | 0:00
HGTV creates a hit | 1:21
Fans become stars | 2:18
How it all goes down | 3:14
Not everybody’s a baller | 4:06
The weirdest request | 5:01
Not David’s first rodeo | 6:06
Passing on the Scratchers | 7:01
$180 million jackpot | 8:03
The real price tag | 9:12
“A blast” on the show | 10:11

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