updated 05/16/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/16/2011 AT 8:30 AM ET
Apparently, the fourth time’s a charm for Rob Mariano!
In what was practically a forgone conclusion, the longtime Survivor player, known as “Boston Rob,” won Survivor: Redemption Island on Sunday night – his fourth time competing on the CBS reality series.
And it wasn’t even close. Mariano, 35, earned eight of the nine votes cast in the finale against Phillip Sheppard, 52, and Natalie Tenerelli, 19.
Mariano, who takes home $1 million with the win, told the Associated Press that he felt confident going into the finale.
“You don’t know for sure until the votes are read, but I had a pretty good feeling,” he said. “I played my heart out. I love this game, but you’ve got to get lucky along the way, too. I know what it takes. It’s really, really difficult. I’m really, really happy things happened the way they did this time.”
Mariano previously competed on the Marquesas, All-Stars and Heroes vs. Villains seasons, and has also been on The Amazing Race twice with his wife Amber.
Redemption Island, which took place in Nicaragua, was the 22nd season of Survivor. The next season, Survivor: South Pacific, premieres this fall.