Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AMELIA SAW

A DREAM came true for House Rules con­tes­tants Aaron and Daniella Win­ter when they were crowned the win­ners for 2017.

The Gold Coast cou­ple were awarded a $ 200,000 cash prize by the Chan­nel 7 pro­gram last night af­ter they beat their “besties” Team SA Kate Whit­ing and James “Harry” Har­ris in a nail­bit­ing grand fi­nal.

Judges Wendy Moore, Lau­rence Llewe­lyn- Bowen and Drew Heath gave Team Qld the top score of 27 out of 30, which saw them take the win with a two- point lead.

Car­pen­ter Aaron, 31, and dance teacher Daniella, 38, burst into tears when they heard the re­sult.

“We just didn’t think it could hap­pen,” Aaron said.

“House Rules has not only brought us closer but the $ 200,000 helps us get ahead in life,” he said.

“It means I can spend more time with my fam­ily, it’s beau­ti­ful.”

Daniella added: “We def­i­nitely want to put all the money on to the mort­gage, and then we’ve got about a bil­lion plans of what we would want to do — I might kick Aaron out of the house and I’ll go on a mas­sive hol­i­day.”

In what may be the most am­i­ca­ble end­ing in House Rules his­tory, the cou­ple also plan on tak­ing a fam­ily hol­i­day with their Team SA mates, who were grace­ful in the face of de­feat and said they were “gen­uinely happy” for the Win­ters.

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