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Displaced New Orleans Woman Wins 1.6M On Wheel of Fortune

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 6th October 2005 8:30am
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After more than a month of living with dozens of displaced relatives in Opelousas, New Orleans evacuee Jacquelyn Sherman told her niece she was depressed.

That all changed when she won $1.6 million - before taxes - playing a slot machine at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino.

"When it happened, I didn't know what was going on," Sherman said. "I had just put in my $20 in the 'Wheel of Fortune' machine when it hit. My feeling about this win is better than being blessed. Thank you, Lord."

Sherman had evacuated to her sister's home in Opelousas as Hurricane Katrina threatened New Orleans. Depressed after a month with no end in sight and no prospects, she began to pray Tuesday with her niece.




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