Mai Whelan, the winner of Netflix’s “Squid Game: The Challenge,” has finally received her awaited $4.56 million prize after triumphing over 455 competitors in challenges inspired by the Korean drama series.
Although Whelan previously mentioned a 10-month delay in funds, it’s now confirmed she was aware of a payment plan tied to the show’s season finale.
She compared her anticipation to Tom Cruise’s iconic line in “Jerry Maguire,” exclaiming, “Show me the money!” Whelan had already spent part of her expected winnings on a new look for the Squid Game gala.
Expressing plans for her prize, Whelan considered finding a retirement home while enjoying her peaceful life by the water in Virginia. Her victory came after a final game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with competitor Phill Cain, leading to an emotional admission of disbelief and joy. Whelan emphasized the possibilities of overcoming fears and achieving anything in a confessional interview.
Beyond personal goals, Whelan expressed a desire to contribute to charitable causes, including sponsoring children’s education, assisting the elderly with basic needs and healthcare, and supporting wildlife and climate initiatives.
Active on social media, she has begun the new year by helping animals and interacting with fans. Season 1 of “Squid Game: The Challenge” is available on Netflix, with recruitment for Season 2 open.