Homer Sweet Homer! The Simpsons by far is my favorite cartoon of all time. It’s been on since I was in the 8th grade, and I’m 46 now!
I mentioned on the air today that I recalled a contest where someone could win a replica of The Simpson’s home in Las Vegas with a national contest. Well I did a little more digging and found some pretty cool facts about the home.
It was given away in 1997. Viewers had to purchase Pepsi products and find a code. If your code matched the code shown during the premiere episode that year, you won the replica home. Like an exact replica, down to the corn curtains in the kitchen and the cat bowl on the floor!
Someone did win the home! But they never came forward. So FOX decided to pick a winner at random. Now here’s where things get good!
According to the article I was reading on mentafloss.com , the winner was from Kentucky, like deep woods. In fact the Limo FOX sent to pick her up in couldn’t drive down the dirt road. Haha. Anyway, 63 year old Barbara Howard flew out to Vegas took a few pics and went back to Kentucky.
She never once lived in the house. She didn’t even spend a night there. The contest allowed you to take the cash equivalent. So Barb walked away with 75,000 dollars. That’s odd because if she held on to the home she would’ve had 175,000 according to reports.
Anyway, the homeowners association obviously didn’t like a house with orange shutters and a red garage, so they made the homeowners (A PR company) remove them asap.
Eventually, the home was transformed and sold to FOX secretary.
What a crazy story! Check out the pics!
In 1997, Pepsi held a contest to win a life-size replica of the Simpsons house or $75,000. The winner chose the money. The house was then renovated to look like a normal home and sold.https://t.co/aD3cNiFra1 #wednesdaywisdom pic.twitter.com/Lzsw87sMho— Yopa (@YopaProperty) October 10, 2018
TIL In 1997 there was a contest to win an exact replica of The Simpson's house, fully furnished. The winner could keep the home or trade it for $75,000. The winner took the money. The house was stripped of its decor before being sold. via /r/todayilearned https://t.co/b7gv88Uc5W pic.twitter.com/0e7OGOIr2T— Luthfi (@LuthfiBadri) December 12, 2021