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Texas lottery player turns losing scratch ticket into dream home

May 18, 2015, 9:06 am

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By Todd Northrop

Carlos Zavala of Tyler, Texas, is the winner of $500,000 to build a dream home at any D.R. Horton Community in Texas, thanks to his selection of a key in a special event Friday.

Players of the Texas Dream Home scratch-off game had the opportunity to enter their non-winning tickets into promotional second-chance drawings for a chance to become a finalist for the grand prize. Four finalists were chosen to participate in Friday's dream home giveaway event.

Each finalist selected a key and Zavala's key was the only one to open a door, revealing that he had won a brand new home.

The event was hosted by lifestyle guru, Steve Kemble at the Reserve at Westridge a D. R. Horton community in McKinney.

Zavala will receive $500,000 plus $166,665 (paid to the IRS for federal withholding taxes) for a total prize of $666,665, which can be used to purchase a D.R. Horton home.

The Texas Dream Home scratch-off game generated $35.2 million in sales and an estimated $7 million in revenue for public education in Texas.

VIDEO: Watch the event

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Technut's avatar - moon
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Congratulations Carlos Zavala on your big second chance win.

Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a gift that's why it's called the PRESENT! (c8

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    Wow! That's winning! Love that there was the $166k to the IRS kicked in as well!

    "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."  Muhammad Ali

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      This is nice

      That money's gone fo ever

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        Skeptical should be most curious as to how close he comes to his dream home with that much

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          While big time congrats, I hope he doesn't go overboard.  He should factor in the maintenance cost.

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            Congratulations

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               This is a heart warming start of the week.  Congratulations Carlos !!

               "We are all in this together!" 

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                That is a great second chance prize!  Congratulations to the winner Smile

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                  Skeptical should be most curious as to how close he comes to his dream home with that much

                  His dream home might just be a $200,000.00 home. You never know with people anymore.

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                    Congrats to Carlos!

                     

                    But I do wonder if I had won, how much it would cost me to have them build a Hobbit Hole (before  and after the LOTR movies, I have wanted a hobbit hole for a house.  Big Smile  )  And whether it would violate covenents.

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                      Congrats to Carlos!

                       

                      But I do wonder if I had won, how much it would cost me to have them build a Hobbit Hole (before  and after the LOTR movies, I have wanted a hobbit hole for a house.  Big Smile  )  And whether it would violate covenents.

                      Green laugh  from a brief search of the www at large the cheapest was about $5k  

                        dallascowboyfan's avatar - chi
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                        Congratulations Carlos!!!!! Thumbs Up

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                          Congrats on your lucky win, Carlos!


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                            The best part is that they paid the IRS vampires so you don't have to sell the house if you don't want to. $500,000 in Texas will get you one heck of a house.