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Winner of £3.6 million Squid Game: The Challenge prize says they still haven't received any of the winnings

Winner of £3.6 million Squid Game: The Challenge prize says they still haven't received any of the winnings

The show crowned its first ever win this week

Spoiler alert - this article reveals who won Squid Game: The Challenge so if you’d rather not know this is your warning

The winner of Squid Game: The Challenge says she is still waiting to receive her prize money.

The 10-episode show crowned its first ever winner on 6 December - whittling down 456 players to just one.

Following numerous gruelling challenges - including the much talked about Dalgona - 55-year-old Mai Whelan - Player 297 - faced scuba instructor Phill Cain - Player 451 - in a simple game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. So simple in fact that Cain quipped: "All that Netflix money and they couldn't think of anything better?”

Ultimately, Vietnamese-born Whelan was declared the winner, scooping a staggering $4.56m (£3.66m).

Speaking after her big win, Whelan said: "Today just validates that anything is possible. Even when you feel down and afraid, you have to pick yourself up, be a strong person and focus.

Squid Game: The Challenge crowned its first ever winner this week.
Netflix

"Whatever your fear is, fight it with everything that you've got and you can accomplish anything and it's proven tonight."

But 10 months after the show was filmed, she claims she’s still waiting for the cash.

In an interview with The Times, Whelan said she hadn’t received a ‘cent’ of her winnings just yet.

She added: “I feel like Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire. Show me the money!”

As for her plans when she does finally get her hands on the cash, Whelan plans on giving some away to charities for ‘the underprivileged, wildlife and climate change’ and is considering a retirement home ‘somewhere’ for her and her husband.

In a recent interview, she explained: It's good because I would like to express my cause, that's the main reason why I joined the game, to help a cause, so now that I win I have a platform to tell the world to help the underprivileged.”

The show has already been renewed for a second season.
Netflix

She added: “I will keep some for myself, I'm old and I want to retire soon, and so I want to make sure that my husband and I have enough to retire and also to help charity work.”

Opening up about finishing the show back in February, Whelan said she had been very happy to go back to her old life.

"It was a relief to go back to normal life and not worry about getting eliminated. I needed that after two and a half weeks of intense go, go, go, and emotional ups and downs," she said.

"But the person that came into [the competition] is me. I'm still Mai, and she hasn't changed, except that I came out stronger."

LADbible has contacted Netflix for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Netflix, TV and Film