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TV Show: Big Brother 6


'BB6' winner to share the wealth
By TARA MERRIN -- Calgary Sun



Maggie Ausburn, the winner of 'Big Brother 6'. (Photo courtesy of CBS)

She's not allowed to give details, but Big Brother 6 winner Maggie Ausburn says her friend and former housemate Eric Littmann will benefit from her windfall.

As the grand prize winner of BB6, Ausburn, a 27-year-old emergency room nurse from Las Vegas, will receive $500,000 U.S.

She says she owes her victory to Littmann, who successfully tried out for the show and then invited her to tag along as his secret partner inside the house.

"I didn't sign up for this -- it was all Eric. I just got a call at work one day," she says. "We're not allowed to talk about that (splitting the money), but I am so sharing."

Ausburn won the money on Tuesday after seven of her former housemates voted 4-3 in her favour. Ivette Corredero, the runner-up, will receive $50,000.

"We didn't know how the other house guests felt about us. We just didn't talk about that in the house ... so we didn't know how anyone was going to vote. I thought it was going to be very close and it was," she says.

After living in the BB6 house for 80 days (1,895 hours), Ausburn says the best part of being on the reality show was not winning the moola, but leaving the game.

"Walking out that door was better than winning. It was definitely the best part," she says, adding she does not plan on pursuing a career in television.

"I just want to go back to living a normal life. I am so excited to go back to work."

Another thing Ausburn plans to do, aside from buying furniture and a new wardrobe with her winnings, is watching the episodes of BB6 that aired throughout the summer on CBS. She says she's curious to see how the show was edited.

"In a lot of our diary room sessions, they would ask us how we felt about someone or something and then they would ask us how we thought other house guests would feel about it. I think some of those comments were shown as ours," she says, adding her feelings are based on comments from fans, reporters and the other house guests.

"Some things people have said are really surprising. I am really surprised about being told I was the leader of my group. I think we talked about it as a joke, but it was just a joke -- I was not the leader."




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