"Survivor" Sandra Diaz-Twine Receives $1M

Does it pay to be a villain? For Sandra Diaz-Twine, it sure does.

Last night, Diaz-Twine was hailed the winner of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains." She is now the only person to ever win "Survivor" twice. She previously won the "Pearl Islands" edition of the reality show.

All three of the finalists in "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" were on the side of the "bad guys."

Diaz-Twine received her oversized check for $1 million on "The Early Show" from Julie Chen. However, when Chen gave Diaz-Twine the real check, Diaz-Twine asked, "Can I put it in my bra?"

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Chen said she could do whatever she wants.

With that, Diaz-Twine quickly tucked it in her shirt.

Diaz-Twine said she was feeling "good."

"When I went out there to play, I just wanted to stay in the game as long as I could and I would do whatever it took to get to the end, and I accomplished what I set out to do."

But she says she's surprised she won, too.

"A lot of people mentioned at the final tribal council how physical (Parvati Shallow) is and how she won a lot of immunities on her own and they respected her for that and so did I. So I honestly believed that it was 5-4, and that she had 5."

Shallow said she would have been "surprised at any outcome," but thought Diaz-Twine's reviews were going to make an impact in the final council.

Shallow told Chen, "I was like, 'I think Sandra got this one.'"

As for Russell Hantz, known for his "villain" tactics, he told Chen he's feeling great because he was named "Player of the Game."

He asked, "I didn't get one vote, but I still got player of the game. How does that happen?"

Chen asked, "How do you feel about the fact that you made it all the way to the end and not one single person, not even Jerry, voted for you?"

Hantz replied, "I don't understand it. Obviously the public don't understand it either. Because I got Player of the Game."

Chen pressed, "Well, it's not designed to be played where the public gets a voice."

Hantz retorted, "Right. If you would have watched my tribal, live tribal, that's the problem that I have in the game. I think there is a flaw in the system."

However, he said his $100,000 check does take out some of the sting.
Hantz said, "It makes my point valid. It does. To me, it does."

But Diaz-Twine said, "Him and Rupert were neck and neck, so for him to assume that everyone in America was rooting for him, he's wrong."

Hantz said he wouldn't have done anything differently. He said he played, not necessarily to win, but to make it to the end.

Diaz-Twine said, "When I saw his finale, I could tell right there that he didn't win. And for him to have not known that and turn around and played two weeks later and do the same exact thing, he wasn't trying to win."
So what is she going to do with all that money?

Diaz-Twine said, "Pay my taxes first."

"You don't want to pull a Richard Hatch," Chen said.

She replied, "No, ma'am."
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