LOS ANGELES - Jordan Lloyd was served the $500,000 grand prize on "Big Brother 11."
The goofy 22-year-old waitress from Matthews, N.C., bested Natalie Martinez, the scheming 24-year-old recent college graduate from Gilbert, Ariz., on the season finale of the voyeuristic CBS reality show. Lloyd received five votes from the show's seven-member jury, which included viewer votes as the possibly tie-breaking seventh pick for the first time.
Lloyd, who spent most of the season aligned with and romantically linked to charming 31-year-old advertising salesman Jeff Schroeder, defeated Kevin Campbell, the cunning 29-year-old graphic designer from Chula Vista, Calif., in the last round of a three-part Head of Household competition, which allowed her to choose Martinez to battle against for votes.
"It was my fault," Campbell lamented. "I should have won the last competition."
Martinez, who earned a $50,000 second-place prize, had been aligned with several jury members, but her lies in the game apparently caught up to her in the jury house and cost her votes. Her biggest fib? Fooling most of the contestants - or houseguests, as they're referred to on the show - into believing she was an 18-year-old recent high school graduate.
"She acted like she was 12," said Schroeder, who was voted "favourite houseguest" by viewers and won a $25,000 prize.
Lloyd outplayed her 12 competitors, who were all isolated from the outside world and monitored by dozens of cameras and microphones, for 73 days inside the "Big Brother" house.
She cited her unbreakable bond with Schroeder and ability to win competitions after he was eliminated as the main reasons why she should win.
So what is she going to do with the moolah?
"Put a down payment on a house for me, my mom and my brother," she said.
The live two-hour finale also featured the jury's interrogation of the final two and a reunion of the "Big Brother" cast - except for Chima Simone, the 33-year-old freelance journalist who was expelled after tossing a microphone into a whirlpool spa. Because Simone wasn't part of the jury, viewers cast the possibly tie-breaking seventh vote for Lloyd.
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