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updated 12/15/2005 1:19:30 PM ET 2005-12-15T18:19:30

Four siblings who won a televised cross-country race say they'll share their winnings with the rest of the family.

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The Linzes — Nick, 24; Alex, 23; Megan, 21, and Tommy, 19 — won the $1 million prize for CBS' "The Amazing Race" in a 25-day, 50-city competition.

"Our parents have paid for so much, taking care of seven kids," Alex Linz said, noting that the children attended private schools. "We're giving them half of the money, and that doesn't add up to half of what they've spent on us."

More than 11.3 million people watched CBS' two-hour finale Tuesday. The competition began with 10 families on Sept. 27. The race went across the United States to Central America, then back through the Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City and Yellowstone National Park, ending at Niagara Falls.

After taxes, the Linzes will have about $600,000, said Cincinnati accountant Crystal Faulkner. After giving half to their parents, Tom and Terri Linz, the remaining $300,000 will be split seven ways, with about $43,000 each for the four "Racers" and their three brothers — Matt, 27, of suburban Loveland; Travis, 26, of Chicago, and Tim, 16, a junior at St. Xavier High School near Cincinnati.

"Bless their hearts," said Terri Linz. "But I don't know they should do this. My children worked so hard on the show for the money. They all have really significant college loans. But it was pretty cool to hear that they'll share with their brothers. I'll never forget that."

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