"It's still sinking in - it's overwhelming."
Chad Hurst is still pinching himself after winning more than $235,000 last night.
The Eagle Vale local was chosen as the winner of Big Brother during the Channel Seven show's live grand final yesterday.
"I am very proud of myself," Mr Hurst said.
"It is very rewarding to have won."
Mr Hurst's fate rested with the Australian public and fortunately, the majority of the "several hundred thousand" votes swung his way.
But the former Eagle Vale High School student was just happy to have his beloved mother by his side.
"That really just topped it off for me, I am so glad she was there," Mr Hurst said.
"I was pretty nervous but I think she was even more nervous than me.
"I haven't spoken to her today but I can't wait to sit down with her and have a long chat."
Big Brother is a reality show where 20 people live inside a house, participate in challenges and eliminate each other for the chance to win $250,000.
Though this year's finalists competed for a reduced prize pool after a contestant took home around $15,000 in an earlier challenge.
More than 50,000 people applied to become Big Brother housemates this year and Mr Hurst was selected among the final 20 contestants.
However, he said he never thought he'd be the winner.
"I had no clue that I would be the winner," he said.
"I never thought I'd be here."
Mr Hurst said he believed his father was with him throughout the competition.
He told the Advertiser last month that his dad had always encouraged him to go on the show.
"Big Brother was Dad's favourite show," he said.
"Once I won the final challenge the emotions just kicked in because I know he would have been proud."
The tradie-turned-model said his best mates from Macarthur travelled to Sydney to celebrate with him.
"I went to the after party and got to spend some time with Sophie [his love interest on the show]," he said.
"It was good to see her after a few months apart.
"Then I went to the pub and had a sneaky beer with the boys."
Mr Hurst said he was proud to represent Macarthur on the show.
"That's the most beautiful part of this whole experience for me," he said.
"It's good to show what most of us westies are actually like - just good, kind and down-to-Earth people."
Mr Hurst faced off against his house love interest and former gymnast Sophie Budack and former AFL player Daniel Gorringe.