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Nipigon man spins way to $100K

Bert Bobrowich wins grand prize in OLG's Big Spin instant scratch game.
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Nipigon's Bert Bobrowich shows off the $100,000 he won playing OLG's Big Spin game, while at the lottery corporation's Toronto headquarters on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2017. (OLG handout)

TORONTO – A Nipigon man has spun and won $100,000.

Bert Bobrowich won the prize playing OLG’s The Big Spin instant win game, catching a flight to the Ontario capital, where he spun the game’s big wheel.

The $100,000 prize was the smallest amount he could have won, the game featuring a top prize of $500,000.

“I’ve played THE BIG SPIN a number of times since it became available. And I’ve had some small wins – $10, $20 and even $100,” Bobrowich said in a release issued by OLG.

“But this time, it was very different. I scratched my ticket and revealed ‘SPIN’ and then I watched the screen as the clerk validated the ticket and saw the words ‘BIG SPIN’. I knew from reading the back of the ticket that this meant something awesome.”

The father of two plans to share his windfall with loved ones.

“I come from a very big family – I have seven siblings. I know that my win is happy news for everyone.”

He’s also planning to buy a new truck and take more time to camp and fish.

“Winning the lottery means financial security. Now the pressure to work, work, work is off and instead I can slow down a little and enjoy life more,” he said.

Game players scratch their ticket to reveal a possible instant cash prize up to $100,000. If the prize revealed is SPIN, the ticket must be validated at an OLG retail location. If the prize revealed there is BIG SPIN, then the ticket-bearer heads to Toronto for a spin on the big wheel.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Gateway Casino in Thunder Bay.