HGTV Smart Home Winner Peggy Walker
HGTV Smart Home Winner Peggy Walker

Peggy Walker get the surprise of a lifetime learning she is the 2013 HGTV Smart Home Winner. HGTV, HGTV Smart Home, and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved. Photo(c) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC.

Peggy Walker and her new Terrain(R) Denali(R)
Peggy Walker and her new Terrain(R) Denali(R)

The HGTV Smart Home Winner Peggy Walker surrounded by her family and her new 2013 GMC(R) Terrain(R) Denali(R), part of her grand prize package. HGTV, HGTV Smart Home, and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved. Photo(c) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC.

Smart Home Winner Accepts Cash Prize
Smart Home Winner Accepts Cash Prize

The HGTV Smart Home Winner Peggy Walker accepts the cash prize as part of her grand prize package. HGTV, HGTV Smart Home, and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved. Photo(c) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC.

Front Yard

The design of HGTV Smart Home 2013 is inspired by shingle-style vacation homes constructed in Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville Beach communities during the early 1900s. HGTV, HGTV Smart Home, and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved. Photo(c) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC

Living Room

A combined-use great room boasts 12-foot ceilings and opens out to 1,000 square feet of patios, decks and water features. HGTV, HGTV Smart Home, and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved. Photo(c) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC

Teacher Wins Grand Prize Package in First HGTV Smart Home℠ 2013 Giveaway

Wisconsin resident claims $900,000 prize package including a custom-built, eco-friendly home in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Peggy Walker thought she was meeting her friends for their regular weekly dinner date at Fabulous Ferns in St. Paul, Minn. last night. Little did she know that she was actually in for the surprise of a lifetime. Moments after arriving at the restaurant and surrounded by family and friends, Walker learned that out of more than 40 million entries, she was the chosen winner of the first HGTV Smart Home Giveaway. Her grand prize package is valued at more than $900,000, and includes the fully furnished home, a 2013 GMC® Terrain® Denali® and $100,000.

Walker, a retired special education teacher from South Washington County School District in Minnesota, lives on a dairy farm in River Falls, Wisc., with her husband Paul. Viewers can witness her reaction to HGTV Host Chi-Lan Lieu’s surprise ambush during theHGTV Smart Home 2013 Giveaway Specialthat airs on August 16 at 7 p.m. ET on HGTV.

"What a wonderful gift and I'm so honored to win this prize package," Walker said. "I’m so lucky!" This is especially a dream come true for her as she has entered the HGTV Home Giveaways for years. "My advice to others is to enter everyday because one day it could be you, too!

The HGTV Smart Home in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. boasts the latest developments in home technology, measures approximately 2,400 square feet and includes 1,000 square feet of covered porches, decks and pools. It has many technologies to allow Walker to monitor energy use, control home systems such as security, interior climate, lighting and other elements.

By taking a virtual tour at hgtv.com/smarthome, viewers can see Walker’s custom-built, eco-friendly home in the beach community of Paradise Key South Beach first-hand.

The fully furnished HGTV Smart Home 2013 features products provided by national advertising partners including GMC, Bassett Furniture, Moen, Shaw Floors, ADT Security Services, Bush Brothers & Company, Quicken Loans, Garnier, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Tempur-Pedic Management, LLC., Trex Company, Inc., and Char-Broil.

About HGTV

America's leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to almost 99 million U.S. households and the HGTV website, HGTV.com, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of four million unique visitors per month. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, soft goods and other home-oriented products, as well as HGTV Magazine, a new home and lifestyle publication published in partnership with Hearst Magazines.

About Paradise Key South Beach

Discover Paradise Key South Beach, an enchanting coastal neighborhood with 62 home sites in desirable South Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Paradise Key South Beach offers distinctive coastal architecture in an extraordinary location – just a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean with convenient access to major highways, shopping, dining and recreation. Paradise Key South Beach is pedestrian and bicycle friendly with footpaths and wooden walking bridges throughout the community. Paradise Key South Beach, smart living along the coast! Visit us on-line at www.paradisekeysouthbeach.com.

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HGTV Smart Home Winner Ambush

HGTV Host Chi Lan Lieu surprises the HGTV Smart Home Winner, Peggy Walker in St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • Peggy Walker and her new Terrain(R) Denali(R)

    The HGTV Smart Home Winner Peggy Walker surrounded by her family and her new 2013 GMC(R) Terrain(R) Denali(R), part of her grand prize package. HGTV, HGTV Smart Home, and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved. Photo(c) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC.

  • Smart Home Winner Accepts Cash Prize

    The HGTV Smart Home Winner Peggy Walker accepts the cash prize as part of her grand prize package. HGTV, HGTV Smart Home, and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved. Photo(c) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC.

  • HGTV Smart Home Winner Peggy Walker

    Peggy Walker get the surprise of a lifetime learning she is the 2013 HGTV Smart Home Winner. HGTV, HGTV Smart Home, and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved. Photo(c) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC.

  • With its own private deck through telescoping glass doors, the master bedroom offers a luxurious retreat. Hickory floors and an ashwood bed ground the space and make light-colored fabrics pop. HGTV, HGTV Smart Home, and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved. Photo(c) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC

  • The area rug's bold graphic print, in a dark espresso color, grounds the dining room space and lends a contemporary aesthetic that counters the room's formal furnishings. HGTV, HGTV Smart Home, and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved. Photo(c) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC

  • HGTV's Smart Home boasts the latest in home technology along with eco-friendly features and energy-efficient design. HGTV, HGTV Smart Home, and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved. Photo(c) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC

  • A combined-use great room boasts 12-foot ceilings and opens out to 1,000 square feet of patios, decks and water features. HGTV, HGTV Smart Home, and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved. Photo(c) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC

  • The design of HGTV Smart Home 2013 is inspired by shingle-style vacation homes constructed in Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville Beach communities during the early 1900s. HGTV, HGTV Smart Home, and HGTV Smart Home Giveaway are trademarks of Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved. Photo(c) 2013 Scripps Networks, LLC