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Giveaway Of A Lifetime: $500,000 Home Winner To Be Announced Sunday

Giveaway Of A Lifetime: $500,000 Home Winner To Be Announced Sunday

Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography

The suspense has been building for months. Now, as the weekend draws near, only a few days separate finalists from a $500,000 home.

For the last four months, people toured the GOAL house at 4200 54th Ave. S, Fargo, and registered to win the $500,000 home from Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead. Since the registration period ended Sunday, Oct. 16, the 1,000 finalists have been selected and invited to the GOAL event at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. At the celebration, only 30 of the 1,000 finalists are randomly selected to be invited on stage. Each will proceed to pick one key to unlock a door. Though 30 finalists will attempt, only one key can successfully unlock it.

GOAL house Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead

“My favorite part of this experience is seeing the expression on the face of the person who wins the house,” said Designer Homes president Robert Leslie. “Besides that, one of the most enjoyable parts is to hear the story of what the winner does with the house and winnings now that they have the financial freedom.”

After the celebration, the winner has the difficult choice of either keeping or selling the house. The $500,000 house is a five-bedroom, three bath home with 1,832 square feet on the main floor and basement. It features an open kitchen with quartz countertop, finished basement with a large family room, rec. area, wet bar and a spacious three stall garage.

GOAL house Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead

Though not every finalist can win the home, they still have a chance to win a pool table valued at $6,000 from Hot Spring Spas & Pool Tables 2 or part of the $4,000 worth of gift cards given away by Shotgun Sally’s, Herd & Horns, Crave Burger Co. and 9 Iron Bar & Grill.

The event is not limited to only finalists, everyone in the FM area is invited to celebrate with the finalist. A cash bar, concession stands, live entertainment and a photo booth will be open to the public during the celebration.

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Design and Living Magazine Becomes The Official Media Partner For A $500,000 Home Giveaway

Design and Living Magazine Becomes The Official Media Partner For A $500,000 Home Giveaway

Spotlight Media Publisher Mike Dragosavich joined Designer Homes President Robert Leslie on North Dakota Today to announce the official partnering of Design and Living Magazine with Designer Homes to help promote the Giveaway of a Lifetime contest.

Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead, for the second time, will be giving away a $500,000 home to one lucky family in the FM area. This extraordinary contest was first held in 2012 when Michele Gilbertson and her family won a custom dream home. This time around, Design and Living Magazine wanted to join in on the life-changing excitement as the contest’s promoter and administrator.

“We are very excited to be partnering up on this amazing event for our community,” Dragosavich said. “We look forward to being the media partner and to be able to bring the public all of the exciting Giveaway of a Lifetime news, stories and announcements.”

The contest will begin upon completion of the house and will run through October 16. The house is currently under construction at 4200 54th Ave. S. in the all-new district at The Pines development in South Fargo and scheduled to be finished in early July. The first open house is Saturday, July 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. Once the house is completed, people will be able to go and tour the home and enter their name to win the house. Open houses will be held every Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. At the first contest in 2012, more than 100,000 people passed through the Giveaway of a Lifetime home.

The winner of the home will be selected at an event on October 29 sponsored by Designer Homes and Design & Living Magazine. At the event, the contest will be narrowed down from 1,000 finalists to 30 individuals. 800 of these certificates will be selected from people visiting the home, 100 certificates will be selected via social media and 100 certificates will be given away at live events across the community. Those individuals will be brought on stage at the event. Each contestant will then draw a key and attempt to unlock a special door. One contestant will have the lucky key that will unlock the door on-stage and to their new home.

“This opportunity is made possible by a variety of sponsors, including Design & Living Magazine, which is the media sponsor for the event. This is an exciting partnership for Designer Homes and Design and Living as both of our businesses want to give back to the community that has given so much to us,” Leslie said.

“It’s an honor to be part of the excitement of the Giveaway of a Lifetime,” Dragosavich said. “We believe the community is deserving of such a monumental event and we can’t wait to see the look on the face of the person who wins the home.”

More information can be found at Designer Homes’ website. Get updates and read an exclusive Q&A with Leslie about the Giveaway of a Lifetime in Design and Living Magazine and at

Floor plans - $500,000 Home Giveaway

Floor plans - $500,000 Home Giveaway of a Lifetime