Idaho Man Wins Popular Game Show But Doesn’t Want the Money
*Spoiler Alert* If you watch the show 'Survivor,' but haven't watched the season 43 finale yet, spoilers are below.
Many of us grew up watching game shows with our families. It use to be common to eat around the television and watch 'Wheel of Fortune,' or many of us remember when 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' swept the country or 'Deal or No Deal.' As a child, being home sick and watching the 'Price is Right' made not feeling well worth it. Many people dream of one day being a contestant on these shows, but odds are slim that you will ever make it on a game show. For those lucky enough to make it onto one, it is a dream come true, but being on one and winning one are entirely different dreams. One man, that calls Idaho home, recently won a popular game show but decided to do something different than most with the money he won.
Idaho Man Wins 'Survivor'
'Survivor' was first introduced to America back in May of 2000, and has since become one of the most popular television shows. Season 43 just aired its finale this week, and the winner happens to be a resident of Idaho. Mike Gabler, who is a Texas native, currently lives in Meridian, Idaho, and found himself as the winner of Season 43 of Survivor. At 52 years old, he is the second oldest winner to ever win. For those that are unaware, whoever wins the season, receives a check for one million dollars. Most of the winners take that money to better their families lives, start a business, or spend it on cars and expensive nonsense. What Gabler decided to do with his money, is something that no winner had done previously, but something that is getting attention for all the right reasons.
'Survivor' Winner Donates All His Winnings
Mike Gabler is in by no means a rich man, but he is well off. He makes his living as a heart valve specialist in the Boise area, who plans to retire in the next decade, and while the money would help with that, he decided to use his million dollar check to help veterans instead. While some winners may donate some of their money, Gabler has decided to donate the entire check to the Veterans in Need Foundation. The donation was made in Gabler's father's name, who was a Green Beret. The Veterans in Need Foundation helps veterans that struggle with PTSD, suicidal thoughts and attempts, and psychological problems. The hope is that the amount of money donated will helps those veterans in need and if it saves one life, it is money well spent.
While most of us would likely keep the money if we won, seeing somebody willingly give that much money to veterans is inspiring. Without the men and women who put their lives on the line for us, shows like 'Survivor' aren't possible. Congratulations to Gabler for winning 'Survivor Season 43,' but more importantly for being an inspiration and an unselfish winner. You can stream all the seasons of the show on the CBS streaming app. If you would like your chance to be on the show and win a million dollars, go to cbssurvivorcasting.com.