updated 08/12/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/14/2012 AT 7:30 AM ET
Self-proclaimed Massachusetts mean girl Jaclyn Swartz came to Bachelor Pad with dollar signs in her eyes and disgust for Blakely in her heart.
But now Swartz, 27, admits the game show and her “default partnership” with Ed Swiderski changed her for the better. Not that she doesn’t still want the prize money, as she tells PEOPLE.
Did you come for love, money or both?
My main focus was winning the money. Never in a million years would I think that it’s a game for love.
Yet you hooked up with Ed. Loudly
Ed’s noises are pretty epic. I don’t recall hearing those that night but [because we were drunk] I might not have remembered that. I saw that [on TV] and could not stop laughing. So far it’s just like us having some casual fun. We were just partners in the game. We were so normal and cool afterwards. And we live in the same house so you can’t really escape the person. He makes jokes about it.