“Survivor: Game Changers” winner Sarah Lacina says she feels “complete relief right now” after finally learning that all of the hard work she put into her game play actually paid off. (Read our “Survivor 34” finale recap.) Gold Derby chatted with Sarah moments after her big win on the red carpet at the Season 34 finale at CBS Television Studios, and you can watch our exclusive interview above.
“For like nine months I’ve had to wonder: Did I win, did I not win, did I win, did I not win?” Sarah explains about the agony she’s felt over the past year since filming ended. “The only person that I’ve talked to about this is my husband. Everybody else, you can’t talk to. You don’t want to ask all your cast mates, ‘Hey, who did you vote for?’ So you just sit there and think about it.”
Heading into Wednesday’s two-hour finale, Sarah admits that she was “like 90% sure” she was going to be named as the sole survivor. However, she adds, “When you want to put it in your head that you won a million dollars, you want to be 100% sure.” Holding up her winning check, Sarah jokes, “I already ripped it so it’s probably not a million dollars anymore, but whatever.”
Sarah ended up receiving seven votes to win, compared to three for runner-up Brad Culpepper and zero for third-place contender Troyzan Robertson. Part of the police officer’s game-winning strategy was that she played like a criminal this time around, and it paid off handsomely. “I completely prepped 100% going into the game, which I think a lot of people didn’t do,” she confesses. “My husband and I, at night at the dinner table, we would strategize: What if this happens? What if that happens? We put an op plan together to attack this game of ‘Survivor.'”
When we ask Sarah how she’s going to spend her $1 million, she smiles and says, “It’s really boring, you don’t want to know.” This was Sarah’s second time playing “Survivor” after coming in 11th place in “Cagayan: Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty.”
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