On the tension-packed season finale of "Big Brother" a winner was announced, and it couldn't have happened to a better player.

Providence, RI cop Derrick Levasseur was crowned this season's winner on Wednesday's episode and takes home a hefty $500,000 for first place, beating runner-up Cody Califiore by a vote of 7-2.

42-year-old Donny Thompson, a groundskeeper from Albemarle, NC, won "America's Favorite Player", taking home $25,000.

Earlier Wednesday, CBS announced that "Big Brother" would continue for at least two more seasons.