Who Is David Bromstad? How the Host of ‘My Lottery Dream Home’ Got His Job

With big lottery jackpots – like the recent $1.6 billion Mega Millions prize — come big lottery dreams. Even if you don’t buy a ticket, who hasn’t spend a few minutes thinking about what they would do if they became rich overnight?

For a few lucky people, those dreams come true. And if a lottery winner is planning on spending their winnings on a new house, HGTV’s David Bromstad is here to help. The vivacious host of My Lottery Dream Home helps lotto winners pick out the perfect home to buy with their prize money. And he knows a little something about how winning a contest can change your life.

David Bromstad was the first winner of HGTV Design Star

David Bromstad

David Bromstad of My Lottery Dream Home | Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for SOBEWFF

A lucky break put Bromstad on the path to HGTV stardom more than a decade ago. In 2006, he was making a living as a designer of kids’ rooms when he landed a spot on the first season of Design Star. He ended up winning the competition. That led to a long list of other HGTV credits, including judging future seasons of Design Star and hosting Color Splash and Beach Flip. These days, he brightens up TV screens every Friday on My Lottery Dream Home, a gig he’s had since 2015.

He says he’s already won the lottery

Bromstad now spends his workdays with people who’ve struck it rich. But he’s not jealous of their good fortune. Nor is he inspired to try to become a lottery millionaire himself.

“No, I do not play the lottery because I’ve already won the lottery,” he told the Wrap earlier this year. “I won ‘Design Star’ and that was my lottery. I’m generally not a very lucky person. So I’m good. I’ve won it, that’s my win. It’s hard for me to spend $30 on a scratcher, or $20, or even $10 on a few scratchers. I just don’t play enough. I’d rather buy canoes.”

Finding people to be on the show is hard

While there are plenty of homebuyers willing to be on shows like House Hunters, finding people to appear on My Lottery Dream Home is a little harder. Just getting the show up and running was a challenge, though casting has become easier as its popularity has increased.

“How many people win the lottery? And how many people want to buy houses? And how many people want to be on TV?” he told the Wrap. “It just started out so slow. It took a year for each of the first two episodes just to cast. So, it was a lot of being on hold– ‘Oooh, we have one! Ooops, sorry, we don’t.’”

He a huge fan of Disney

Bromstad might work as a designer these days, but that wasn’t his first career choice. As a kid, he dreamed of being a Disney animator. Though his animation dreams didn’t pan out, he did work at Walt Disney World after graduating from the Ringling School of Art and Design. When he got laid off, he switched gears and started working in interior design.

Losing his Disney gig didn’t dampen his love of all thing Mickey. Bromstad has several Mickey tattoos and still likes to visit the parks, as seen in this Instagram post from earlier in December.

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