Big Brother finale: Reggie Bird vows to not make the same mistakes with her prize money

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Two-time Big Brother winner Reggie Bird vows to not make the same mistakes with her prize money after being scammed out of THOUSANDS when she last won the show in 2003

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Two-time Big Brother champion Reggie Bird has revealed she will be more careful with her winnings this time around after losing a chunk of her 2003 prize money in a ‘TV pilot’ scam.

The former fish and chip shop owner, 48, who walked away with $250,000 after being crowned the winner of Big Brother’s 14th season on Tuesday night, was swindled out of $40,000 following her first victory 19 years ago.

She explained on Mike E & Emma on RnB FRIDAYS Radio on Wednesday how a man posing as a television producer asked to borrow a portion of her quarter-of-a-million-dollar prize money to invest in a pilot.

‘He said, “Can I just borrow five grand? I’m waiting on some money to come through.” I said, “No worries,” and then that turned into another five, and then ten,” she recalled.

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Two-time Big Brother champion Reggie Bird has revealed she will be more careful with her winnings this time around after losing a chunk of her 2003 prize money in a 'TV pilot' scam

Two-time Big Brother champion Reggie Bird has revealed she will be more careful with her winnings this time around after losing a chunk of her 2003 prize money in a ‘TV pilot’ scam 

She said requests for more money soon followed to fund a television series that never got off the ground.

The legally blind mother of two vowed to spend her 2022 prize money more wisely.

She said her latest winnings would go towards a deposit on a house for her and her children, daughter Mia, 15, and son Lucas, 12, so they could stop renting.

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The former fish and chip shop owner, 48, who walked away with $250,000 after being crowned the winner of Big Brother's 14th season on Tuesday night (pictured), was swindled out of $40,000 following her first victory 19 years ago

The former fish and chip shop owner, 48, who walked away with $250,000 after being crowned the winner of Big Brother’s 14th season on Tuesday night (pictured), was swindled out of $40,000 following her first victory 19 years ago 

Reggie made history on Tuesday by becoming the first person to ever win Big Brother Australia twice.

‘Thank you to everyone that voted for me and I hope I did you all proud,’ she said tearfully after she was announced as the champion.

‘I’m gonna use [the prize money] to put a roof over our heads,’ Reggie added.

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She explained on Mike E & Emma on RnB FRIDAYS Radio on Wednesday how a man posing as a television producer asked to borrow a portion of her quarter-of-a-million-dollar prize money to invest in a pilot. (Pictured: radio hosts Mike Etheridge and Emma Chow)

She explained on Mike E & Emma on RnB FRIDAYS Radio on Wednesday how a man posing as a television producer asked to borrow a portion of her quarter-of-a-million-dollar prize money to invest in a pilot. (Pictured: radio hosts Mike Etheridge and Emma Chow)

She told Mike E & Emma she wasn’t necessarily done with the show and would ‘never say no’ when asked if she would consider a third run. 

Speaking to Who magazine earlier this week, Reggie said she was writing her memoir and hoped to carve out a career in TV and radio.

‘Nineteen years ago I said I was going to write a book and I didn’t do it, so now is the time!’ she gushed.

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‘I procrastinated and now I’m glad I have, because there is so much more to tell.

‘I’d also love to do something on radio, or do another TV show like Travel Guides or Gogglebox. I’d be hilarious!’

Reggie beat out newbies Taras Hrubyj-Piper (left) and Johnson Ashak (right) to claim her second crown during Tuesday night's live finale

Reggie beat out newbies Taras Hrubyj-Piper (left) and Johnson Ashak (right) to claim her second crown during Tuesday night’s live finale

 

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