Congratulations to Thomas Desjarlais, the North’s first-ever top prize winner on THE BIG SPIN lottery game. The Yellowknife man spun his way to a $275,000 prize at his Big Spin event.
The journey to the windfall began with a $5 Zing instant ticket. THE BIG SPIN combines a regular scratch ticket concept with certain prize amounts revealed on an animated prize wheel at a lottery retailer. If the animated wheel reveals a “Big Spin”, the player wins $10,000 plus an additional amount to be revealed on a physical prize wheel at a Big Spin event.
“I was very surprised when it came up as a Big Spin” Desjarlais said.
Prizes on the physical wheel range from $100,000 to $500,000.
Desjarlais bought his winning ticket from the Shell Gas Station at 482 Range Lake Road in Yellowknife. He scratched it in the store and gave it right away to the clerk to check.
After receiving his initial $10,000 payment, Desjarlais travelled to St. Albert, Alberta, where he spun the wheel to reveal his $275,000 final prize amount.
The winner said he didn’t have any plans for the windfall at this time, choosing rather to save it
for the future.