updated 08/27/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/10/2012 AT 10:05 PM ET
It seems only fitting that this dramatic season of Bachelor Pad would conclude with an explosive finale – featuring shocking relationship updates, an on-air engagement and a very unexpected allocation of the prize money.
The final two couples vying for the $250,000 jackpot were fan favorite Rachel Trueheart and her partner Nick Peterson, and season villain Chris Bukowski and his partner Sarah Newlon.
Who took home the cash? Read on for spoilers.
This season’s eliminated housemates chose the winning couple by popular vote, which ended up 13-3 in favor of Trueheart and Peterson. But then those two each had to decide if they would share the prize or try keep it for themselves, at the risk of losing everything.
For the first time in Bachelor Pad history, one person made off with the whole pot. Peterson, an underdog all season, chose to keep the $250,000 for himself. Trueheart voted to share the prize, meaning she went home empty-handed.
“I don’t feel like I owe $125,000 to someone I just got slapped together with at the very end of the show,” Peterson told PEOPLE. “It sucks a little bit [for Rachel], but I have to remember that this is a game, and this was the best way to play it.”
Peterson said he plans to use his winnings to buy a car.
Money wasn’t the only thing Trueheart lost. Earlier in the show, Michael Stagliano revealed that he had ended things with the 27-year-old executive assistant. “She was falling in love, and I just wasn’t,” he explained.