It really pays to go the distance on "Dancing with the Stars" -- just ask U.S. Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez ... who just made a TON OF CASH on her way to winning the Mirrorball Trophy.
Since Laurie is only 16 ... producers had to get a judge to sign off on the terms of her contract in order for it to be enforceable. And those documents included the entire 'Dancing' pay structure.
Laurie got a cool $125k just for being on the show -- but she got more cash the further she made it.
Surviving to Week 3 and 4 got her $10k per week.
Week 5 paid $15k.
Weeks 6 and 7 paid $20k per week.
Weeks 8 and 9 ... $30k per week.
Weeks 10 and 11 ... $50k per week.
Grand total ... $360,000!!!
Not bad for 3 months of work!