Scotia, NY Resident Wins HGTV Green Home Giveaway 2010

Jun 28, 2010, 20:30 ET from HGTV

SCOTIA, N.Y., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A happy, "speechless" and "surprised" Sandra Gilson learned she was the winner of the HGTV Green Home Giveaway 2010 when HGTV's Jamie Durie knocked on the door of her home in Scotia, New York.  Her grand prize package, valued at almost $800,000, includes an eco-friendly, single-family home located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, a 2010 GMC Terrain and $100,000.  Gilson's excitement at receiving the news was televised on the HGTV Green Home Giveaway 2010 special on Monday, June 28, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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"I can't believe this," said an elated Gilson.  "Oh, I just don't believe it!"

Gilson, whose name was drawn from more than 17 million entries, was at home with her husband Kermit when Durie appeared at her door to give her the news.  She had entered the giveaway online every day throughout the entry period, but never expected to win.  The green-minded couple recycle and keep a compost pile for their garden.

Located in The Pinehills community of Plymouth, the HGTV Green Home is highlighted by a covered wrap-around porch and a third level tower. With approximately 2,100 square feet of living space, the two story, two bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home features construction and design elements that are known to contribute to an energy-efficient, cleaner and healthier living environment. In addition, the home received a GOLD Certification from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The NAHB National Green Building Standard is the first and only American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved green building standard.

"The success of each of our three HGTV Green Home Giveaways shows us that many of our viewers are interested in knowing more about a green lifestyle," said Jim Samples, president, HGTV. "This home, the first in a New England location, provided an excellent opportunity to showcase affordable, accessible and eco-friendly approaches to living."

About HGTV Green Home

The HGTV Green Home Giveaway complements the network's annual HGTV Dream Home Giveaway, one of the most successful consumer promotions in cable TV history. The HGTV Green Home Giveaway 2010 involves sponsorship from several national advertisers including: GMC Division, General Motors LLC, Shaw Industries Group Inc., The Sherwin-Williams Company, Serta Inc. and Rinnai America Corporation.

About HGTV

HGTV, America's leader in home and lifestyle programming, is distributed to more than 99 million U.S. households and is one of cable's top-rated networks. HGTV's website,, is the nation's leading online home-and-garden destination and attracts an average of 5 million unique visitors per month. 

About The Pinehills

The Pinehills in Plymouth, Massachusetts, winner of the National Association of Home Builders' "Best Smart Growth Community" award and "Best Master-planned Community" award, features intimate neighborhoods of finely crafted custom homes, single-family homes, cottage style homes, townhomes and luxury leased apartments, created by eight award-winning builders, all sited for views and privacy. For more information about The Pinehills visit