The Summit 2024 Winners Mat, Charlotte and Simmone Face Surprising $536k Prize Twist


The Summit 2024 finalists Mat Rogers, Charlotte Shelton, and Simmone Jade Mackinnon faced one last twist after being crowned the winners of season two.

During the season finale, the trio, along with Trisha, trekked towards the top of a mountain on New Zealand’s South Island, carrying a whopping $580,000 in their backpacks. No biggie, right?

Just before the final push to the summit, Mat, the Australian Survivor star, made the tough call to eliminate Trisha, sending her and her $53,000 packing.

With Trisha gone, the final three reached the top after a gruelling 15-day journey, believing they’d split the remaining $536k evenly, just like in the first season. But things didn’t go as planned.

The Summit 2024 Finale: What Went Down

As Mat, Charlotte, and Simmone celebrated, The Summit host Jai Courtney revealed one final twist.

A helicopter appeared, dropping a yellow bag that gave Charlotte the power to decide how the prize money would be split. The 12 previously eliminated players formed a jury to offer their opinions on how Charlotte should distribute the cash.

Some contestants urged her to share the money equally, while others suggested she keep it all.

How did Charlotte Divide The Summit Prize Money?

Charlotte decided to give Simmone and Mat $100,000 each. This left Charlotte with a staggering $336,000.

Reflecting on her win, Charlotte said she believes she’s proven that “ability truly comes from the heart”.

“That with determination, humour, and a few tears, anything is possible,” she said.

“I took the first step towards that peak with the incredible support of my family, friends, and partner, and also the support of those on the mountain who believed in me, Olympia, Lochie, Rosie, Mat, and Taylor.”

How Do The Summit 2024 Finalists Plan to Use Their Winnings?

Charlotte plans to use her winnings to support her family in ways she never thought possible.

“The prize money will allow me to create security for myself and my family, something I didn’t think would ever be possible as a public healthcare worker,” she said. “Representation matters. This was for all the nubs out there. You can do it!”

Simmone, meanwhile, said she was “gutted” to receive a smaller portion of the prize but remained “very grateful” as the money would help her pay off her debts.

Mat is looking forward to taking his “amazing wife” on a trip to New York to visit her sister.

“She deserves a break,” he said, adding that he’ll also “save some [money] for a rainy day”.

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