Sarah and George Bragias never could have expected what transpired on The Block finale at the weekend.
The Oran Park couple - who were fan favourites throughout the Covid-interrupted season - came second in the record breaking auction episode on Sunday night.
The young couple walked away with $650,002 profit and a brand new car for their efforts in the gruelling season.
Each team's prize money is based on the profit the sale of the house makes above its reserve, set by the real estate. The Bragias' reserve was $3.35 million.
Mrs Bragias said they couldn't believe it when they realised how much they'd won.
"We were sitting there waiting a bit for the auction to take off, then all of a sudden it jumped straight up to $4 million," she said.
"It took a bit of time to process. I said to George, 'we've paid off our house'.
"We just lost ourselves, because it such a crazy thing we never thought would happen."
Mr Bragias said paying off their home mortgage was "what we came [on The Block] for".
"That's the dream," he said.
"As much as you'd like to splurge on a holiday or car or something, paying off the house is what all of this was for. It's worth it."
The Bragias agreed that the toughest part of their time on The Block was being away from their families in Sydney and working to tough time constraints during the build.
They said it had been lovely to meet fans of the show back at home.
"It's actually the most beautiful thing," Mrs Bragias said.
"We'll go to Narellan Town Centre and everyone will stop us, like we're little superstars - it's the coolest thing ever.
"We made it clear from the start that we're from western Sydney and proud of it, so it's really nice when people come up and say 'hi'.
"We want to thank them so much for the support and the love - we feel it, and it's a beautiful thing. We're so humbled at the response we've gotten."
Mr Bragias said the fanfare wasn't limited to Macarthur.
"We've had people camping out in front of The Block this week [auction week], ringing the doorbell and lifting their children over the fence," he said.
"It's been overwhelming - there are so many people wanting to have a photo, talk to you. You want to do it all but it's been really hard with Covid and having to wear masks in photos."
The pair said they'd made one big family with their fellow Block contestants, and were sure they'd keep in touch for many years to come.
Mr Bragias said he felt like a new man after his time on The Block.
"When I came onto the show I was in a bit of a shell, but the producers encourage me to just be myself," he said.
"I thought everyone would laugh at me for my love of Pokemon, but I was just myself on the show and people took a shine to it.
"Life is a learning curve and I've learnt through The Block that people will love you for who you are. It's one of the most important lessons I've ever learned."
Mr Bragias' love of Pokemon was rendered into fashion on auction day - his wife arranged for YSG and Co to craft a custom suit lined with Pokemon imagery for the finale.
"I got in contact with a stylist, Emelia Morris, and she found us a company that was able to make a custom suit for George," Mrs Bragias said.
"When I realised that you can custom the lining of any sort of suit, the first thing that popped into mind was Pokemon, and the idea just took off from there."
Mr Bragias was ecstatic with the result.
"It was mind-blowing," he said.
"When I saw the details, it was second to none.
"I'm a big believer in the power of positivity, and I was feeling very positive about my suit on auction day."