By Catherine Garcia
Updated March 16, 2010 at 09:04 PM EDT

I’m a fairly lucky person. I’ve won grand prizes in raffles — tickets to Disneyland two years in a row during elementary school! — dinners in fancy restaurants, and even a year’s supply of Pepsi. With that streak, I was convinced I was going to win the 2010 Dream Home contest, sponsored by HGTV.

I faithfully entered every day for seven weeks, envisioning myself with the $2 million grand-prize package: a brand spankin’ new, custom-designed and fully furnished Pueblo-style home outside of Santa Fe, N.M.; a 2010 GMC Terrain, and $500,000. Well, the winner was announced last night, and (sad face) it wasn’t me. My instant reaction? Dismay, anger, a hint of jealousy. However, once I got to know the winner — Myra Lewis of New Orleans — I realized that the right woman had won.

Lewis, the assistant director of Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in New Orleans, was actually watching HGTV with her son, Chris, when HGTV’s Jamie Durie knocked on the door and gave her the life-changing news: that out of more than 40 million entries, she was the big winner. Finding out you’ve won a house is huge, but its impact is magnified once you’ve lost one, like Lewis did during Hurricane Katrina.

Here’s hoping this Southwest dream home offers Lewis and her family nothing but awesome memories — and Myra, if you’re reading, I would love to come over some day for a tour, you know, for the sake of journalistic research.

America got to meet Lewis during last night’s HGTV Dream Home Giveway 2010 special. In case you missed it, you can watch the video, as well as check out a 360-degree virtual tour of the 2010 Dream Home at the HGTV website. Pretty soon, they’ll also announce the location of my future abode the 2011 Dream Home.

So, did any of you PopWatchers enter to win the Dream Home? Do you normally enter contests sponsored by TV networks, and have you ever triumphed and won?