WOW: This house wins USA TODAY’s Christmas light grand prize

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MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (WTKR) — Even on a cold, rainy night, the line wraps around the block to see an extravagant holiday showcase.

On busy nights the traffic congestion is so bad it fires up people’s tempers.

One neighbor said he’s had to park several blocks from his house after battling traffic, including tour buses, with people who want to see Hunter Bottoms’ now famous house.

With more than 160,000 lights, the home on Long Hill Road in Midlothian, Virginia won USA TODAY’s holiday lights competition.

Several residents said they hate to be the Grinch on Christmas and have enjoyed the lights, but acknowledged they’ll be relieved when things get quiet again, WTKR reports.

“It’s only a couple nights of the year,” Robertson said. “We can put up with that for Christmas.”

The Bottoms family wins $5,000 from USA TODAY. They plan to use it to pay their utility bill, which is usually around $1,400 in December.

The family plans to keep up the lights until New Year’s Day.  Sometimes, they say it takes them until March to put all the decorations away.

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