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The Biggest Loser: Michael Ventrella Drops 264 Lbs. To Win $250K

May 28, 2010 11:00 AM by Nancy Floyd


At 526 lbs, Michael Ventrella was the biggest contestant in the history of NBC‘s The Biggest Loser, but his hard work and astounding 264-lb. weight loss led him to victory on this season’s finale. The 31-year-old DJ took home the title of Biggest Loser along with a check for $250k and says he has “a new life.” Keep reading for more details on life after The Biggest Loser for Michael and how he plans to spend his winnings…

Michael Ventrella is the newest champion of NBC‘s The Biggest Loser. The formerly 526-lb. contestant won the competition this week with a staggering 264-lb. weight loss. ”I’m just freaking out right now!” he told Us Weekly after the live season finale on Tuesday. ”I lost so much weight … I’m reborn. I have a new life. Everything that I do and I see and I taste and I feel and I experience is done for the first time.”

Michael was the largest contestant to ever compete on NBC‘s The Biggest Loser, tipping the scales at 526 lbs. when this season began. Now that he’s down to 262 lbs, his greatest source of pride is ”fitting in a plane seat!” Michael says, “Up until almost the end of the season I was flying on two seats!”
In addition to winning the title of The Biggest Loser, Michael also nabbed an impressive $250k for his success. ”I’m going to use the money to better my family, better me,” he says. “A lot of this weight was because of debt, and not feeling good about myself and how I look and what’s going on in my life. I’m going to get rid of my student loans, I’m going to help my mom — I’m going to surprise my mom with that convertible she’s always wanted that I promised her when I was a kid. She had a lime green Mustang convertible when she was younger, and it was a beat-up piece of crap. There was no floor on the bottom! So I’m going to surprise her. She’s going to be so excited! She’s my No. 1 fan. She’s my motivation and inspiration.”
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One Response to “The Biggest Loser: Michael Ventrella Drops 264 Lbs. To Win $250K”

  1. Lisa Princ Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Congratulations again to Michael! What an inspiration you are!!


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