How Survivor Winners Have Spent, Saved or Wasted Their $1 Million Prize


They can outwit. They can outplay. They can outlast. But can they overspend? 

There are many reasons go on Survivor these days: they want to test their limits, they’re a super-fan who has grown up watching the show, they want to meet new people and expand their world, they want to be on tv…and they might just want to earn $1 million in 39 days. 

The CBS reality juggernaut is set to crown the Sole Survivor of its 38th season on Wednesday, May 15, with Rick Devens, Victoria Baamonde, Julie Rosenberg, Gavin Whitson and Lauren O’Connell all still in the running, along with a TBD returning player from the Edge of Extinction

While viewers have yet to learn which of these castaways will join the elite group of Survivor winners and as they wait for Jeff Probst to read the jury’s final votes, we thought it’d be nice to take a quick trip down memory lane and check in with all of the past winners to see how they decided to spend their hard-earned $1 million grand prize. 

There are a few cautionary tales (Here’s looking at you, OG Survivor winner Richard Hatch!), many smart saver, a lot of charitable causes and some serious spenders…

Survivor crowns its 38th winner Wednesday, May 15, at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Source: E!

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