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An Omak man won the title of a reality TV star and $750,000 after being named the winner of the CBS television show “Big Brother.”
Jag Bains, 25, also became the show’s first Sikh-American to win in the program’s 25-season history.
“Winning Big Brother 25 isn't just a personal victory, it's a victory for my family, friends, and community,” Bains said. “As the first Sikh contestant, I'm overwhelmed with gratitude. This experience was more than just a game, it was about forming lifelong bonds, understanding the beauty of diversity, and creating history.”
The show “Big Brother” began earlier this year with 16 contestants in a house. The contestants compete in a series of various challenges, under strict surveillance, to become either the head of the household or obtain the power to veto. Throughout these challenges, weekly evictions take place through a vote of the remaining house guests.
Bains survived 14 weeks in the house and was deemed, by a jury comprised of evictees, to have the most impressive gameplay in the household.
“To my fellow housemates, thank you for the laughter, the discussions, and the unforgettable memories. We've grown together, challenged each other, and created a family within those walls,” he said. “To the Big Brother and CBS team, your dedication makes this dream a reality for all of us. Your hard work doesn't go unnoticed.”
Bains also credited the support of his “Jaggernauts,” for their support.
“Your support has been surreal,” he said. “Every cheer, every message is a source of motivation. You've embraced not just me, but the values I stand for, showing the world the power of inclusion and respect. This win is ours. Here's to breaking stereotypes, celebrating our differences, and setting milestones.” ♦
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