Chicago grandmother Lauren McCaleb had never even been to Arizona when she chose
the state to have her home built. It was just the beginning of a whirlwind year
for McCaleb, the 2011 Dream Home Giveaway winner. One minute a person was notifying
her over the phone that she'd won a $200,000 home, the next she was being whisked
away to Arizona to choose its location. "It's still hard to believe that I actually
won," said McCaleb, who retired to Arizona in early 2012 with her husband. "But
having the keys in my hand and the home in front of me made it sink in."
The Dream Home Giveaway's Cinderella story, Michael Bernardo received the keys to
his brand new two-story home at Del Rio Ranch in Avondale, Arizona in the nick of
time. After losing his job due to the recession, the Dream Home Giveaway was a definite
bright spot for Bernardo, his lovely wife and their four children. Bernardo entered
the promotion 119 times and despite more than 700,000 entries, Bernardo and his
family soon found themselves in their dream home.
Some people seem to just be born lucky. They win raffles, special giveaways and
lotteries almost without even trying. Kristen Pierce had never considered herself
one of these people, so it was with uncertainty and a large amount of hope that
she entered her name in the 2009 Taylor Morrison Dream Home Giveaway. Months later,
long after she'd forgotten about her submission, Pierce found out that she was the
winner of a $200,000 dream house. "You know, there are certain drawings I'm not
going to be afraid to enter anymore. You can't win if you don't enter. If you want
to win something, you have to enter."
Jennifer Draa was a single mother who entered the Dream Home Giveaway contest back
in 2008 but never in a million years thought she would win. Her then eleven year
old son, Ryan had wished for a new home away from the noisy condo they were living
in where they could hear the loud street noise and sirens go by. Jennifer almost
got passed up by another person to win the 2008 dream home because she didn't recognize
the number on her Caller ID. Today, she is glad she answered that third call as
she sits in her beautiful new Taylor Morrison home in Northern California. Incredible
stroke of luck, she got just that.