Virginia Woman Mai Whelan Wins $4.56 Million in ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ Season Finale

A Virginia woman named Mai Whelan has been crowned the champion of Netflix’s reality competition series “Squid Game: The Challenge.” Whelan, who competed as Player 287, emerged victorious after a nail-biting final game of rock, paper, scissors against runner-up Phill Cain.

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The win comes with a grand prize of $4.56 million, which Whelan plans to use to help support her family and pursue her passion for travel.

“I’m still in shock,” Whelan said in a statement.

In addition to announcing Whelan as the winner, Netflix also confirmed that “Squid Game: The Challenge” will be returning for a second season. Season 2 is set to debut in 2024 and will feature a new cast of contestants vying for the $4.56 million prize.

If you’re interested in competing in the next season of “Squid Game: The Challenge,” casting is now open at