UPDATE 7.30AM: BIG Brother winner Ryan Ginns wants to thank his hometown fans on the Sunshine Coast for helping him win the reality show.
The 26-year-old, who grew up on the Coast and now lives in Bondi, pocketed $200,000 last night after beating runners up Travis Lunardi and Skye Wheatley in the publicly-voted contest.
"I want to dedicate this one definitely to the Sunny Coast," Ginns told APN.
"I'm from the Sunny Coast and I've still got all of my best buddies back there and I know they would have been rallying so much support.
"It's one of those places where even now I go back and everyone knows everyone; there are not many degrees of separation. Without you guys it definitely wouldn't have been possible."
Ginns plans to use some of his winnings to travel to the Coast more often to see his parents Dez and Judy Ginns, who were the first to greet him outside the Big Brother house last night.
SUNSHINE Coast surfer Ryan Ginns has been crowned the winner of Big Brother 2014.
The 26-year-old is the first Queenslander to ever win the reality show last night, beating runner-up Travis Lunardi and second runner-up Skye Wheatley.
"I'm just in total shock," Ginns said.
"This is going to change my life. I'm so pumped."
The Matthew Flinders Anglican College and University of the Sunshine Coast graduate, who now lives in Sydney, has pocketed $200,000 for his efforts.
His Mooloolaba-based parents Dez and Judy Ginns went into the Big Brother house at Dreamworld to greet him before Ginns joined host Sonia Kruger on stage.
The nice guy of the house said he wasn't sure why he was so popular with viewers.
"I have no idea. I thought I was really weird to be honest," he said.
"I have a really dry sense of humour but people must relate to that."
Ginns spent 80 days in the isolation of the Big Brother house and beat out six intruders and 15 original housemates for the publicly-voted title.
Ginns and Lunardi entered the Big Brother house as a pair, and were the last two men standing.
"I'm so glad I came all this way," Lunardi said.
"I reckon me and him had the most honest relationship. We came in and started like a house on fire."
Third-placed Wheatley said she felt pride for staying true to herself on the show.
"I'm real and I go through real struggles just like everyone else does," she said.
"This experience has been obviously the best thing that has never happened to me. I want everyone to experience it because it's that good."
The future of the Big Brother, though, is uncertain with Nine yet to officially commit to a fourth season.
Who would you have liked to have seen win Big Brother 2014?
This poll ended on 24 January 2015.
Ryan, such an easy going Sunny Coast local
Travis, he was fun, energetic and totally himself
Skye, how could you not fall in love with her
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
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