updated 05/23/2012 AT 11:45 AM ET
•originally published 05/23/2012 AT 2:05 PM ET
“I was determined to win, and not get voted off first,” Driver told PEOPLE shortly after he accomplished the first goal on Tuesday’s big finale.
Though Driver, 37, is thrilled about taking home the mirror-ball trophy, making his family proud makes success even sweeter.
“When you win these things, you want to win for your family,” Driver said of wife Betina, son Christian, 8, and daughters Christina, 6, and Charity, 8 months. “I wanted to let my kids know and my family know that you can follow your dreams. Whatever your dreams are, follow them, because it’s truly special.”