Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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It's the beginning of what looks to be the end of quite a journey for Don Cruz and his family.
When asked if the house will be foreclosed on Don Cruz replied, "Yes. It will be sold on the courthouse steps, the first Tuesday of January. All I know is we're out of money and we're four months behind on payments."
Four months behind on the mortgage Don took out last year. The money from that loan helped him pay off the taxes on his winnings to the IRS.
The rest was supposed to help with monthly expenses. Instead, Don said, the money paid for two family emergencies including his wife's brain surgery.
"There's no way we could have afforded to do it if we hadn't won the house. And then my dad ended up with cancer. I paid for all the cancer treatment, paid for all the surgery and that ate up all the money we had," Don said.
When the dream home went on the market it was listed at almost $5 million at one point. The price has now dropped to $1.43 million.
"The $1.43 million will pay off that and all the bills that we're behind on. And we'll break even," said Don.
"So you're essentially a million 430 thousand dollars in debt," asked KLTV 7 Reporter Christine Nelson.
"Yes, ma'am," Don said.
Most of the past dream home winners have sold the house to help finance a more affordable dream. Something Don Cruz refused to do from the start. But Don said he does not regret his decision not to sell.
"It's still been a blessing. I'm going to miss all of our family and friends here," said Don. "But no regrets, whatsoever. I'd do it all over again."
Don now stares in the face of what looks to be the final days of living in the dream home. An experience that, for him, turned into a money pit.
Don said he has moved his wife and son back to their Illinois home, but they're behind on payments on that home too.
He said he's still holding on to hope to get a buyer for the dream home before the home makes the scheduled January auction. Which means a deal would have to be done by next Wednesday.
In response to the foreclosure news, HGTV issued the following written statement:
"...there are always options available to winners, including, in many cases, the option to sell the home back to the developer during the first year of ownership and receive cash, as there was in the 2005 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway. We know that Don Cruz and his family had a strong desire to remain in the dream home and now find themselves in this current challenging situation. As we have from the beginning, we will continue to respect their right to make their own decisions."
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>