Northville man wins big on 'Wheel'; Stillwater woman wins even bigger in lottery

Friday, January 18, 2013
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Joe Spano of Northville poses with Vanna White's Hollywood star. He was a winner Thursday on TV's "Wheel of Fortune."
Joe Spano of Northville poses with Vanna White's Hollywood star. He was a winner Thursday on TV's "Wheel of Fortune."

Local teacher Joe Spano’s spin on ABC’s "Wheel of Fortune" landed him a new car and a trip to Curaçao.

The 27-year-old substitute teacher, who also is trained as a stuntman, was the top contestant on the popular game show Thursday, landing an impressive $29,310 in prizes. Wearing red pants, a maroon shirt and a bow tie, Spano won the Chevy Sonic after solving the second puzzle.

He won the Caribbean trip after solving the third puzzle of the show, which landed him a berth to the bonus round. But his success ended there, after the four letters he chose failed to reveal enough of the puzzle for him to win the grand prize: A Toyota Land Cruiser.

That didn’t bother Spano though.

“Oh, I already got one,” he said.

Robyn Coil, meanwhile, pressed her luck with $10 and walked away with the $3 million jackpot.

The Stillwater resident landed her first modest win at the Stewart’s Shop on South Street in Mechanicville on Dec. 23. She luckily decided to buy a second ticket, which turned out to be the multimillion-dollar winner.

Coil sat on the ticket overnight and then claimed it on Christmas Eve. She plans to use the winnings to take care of her family.

The top prize on the $3,000,000 Jackpot scratch-off game is paid as $150,000 a year for 20 years. Coil will receive an annual check totaling $99,270 after taxes.

 

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