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April 24, 2010

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April, 2010 | Winners Stories

Charity and Education Both Win Big on this Week’s “Make Me a Millionaire”


Arpine AvdalyanSACRAMENTO – On this week’s "Make Me a Millionaire," 12 lucky contestants were awarded a total of $181,000 in cash and prizes.

The big winner of the day was Arpine Avdalyan, a non-profit employee from Glendale, who won $62,000 playing Safe Cracker. Avdalyan says she will donate 10% of her prize to charities:  5% to Autism International, where she works, and 5% to a Christian charity.  She also plans to pay off her debt and possibly even buy a new car with her prize money.

Another big winner on this week’s show was Pearl Wermut, a medical biller from Tarzana, who won $40,000 on the Millionaire game. Wermut plans to put her money to good use by helping her daughter and niece further their educations, in law school and in medical school, respectively. She also plans to donate to her daughter’s charity, “Blankets Across America,” which provides blankets to the homeless throughtout the United States.Pearl Wermut

Two out of three contestants playing the Lucky Penny game this week won new cars (or the cash equivalent of a new car). Carlos Gonzalez, an auto mechanic from Oxnard, plans to pay off student loans with his prize. Tosha Taylor, a Costco employee from San Bernardino, said she wants to pay off her bills and look for a home with her prize.

With the “Make Me a Millionaire” progressive jackpot increasing $200,000 each week, next week’s Millionaire game contestant will have a chance to win $2.8 million.

Here is a list of this week’s big winners:

Name Game City Amount
Arpine Avdalyan Safe Cracker Glendale $62,000
Pearl Wermut Millionaire Tarzana $40,000
Carlos Gonzalez Lucky Penny Oxnard $30,000
Tosha Taylor Lucky Penny San Bernardino $30,000

The California Lottery believes in creating a better, more sustainable environment for future generations, which is why all cars given away on “Make Me a Millionaire” are fuel efficient and use clean innovative technologies. All new car winners on this week’s episode won a Chevy Malibu or the cash equivalent of the vehicle.

For more information about “Make Me a Millionaire,” visit For high resolution photos, please contact (916) 324-9639 or e-mail

The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 95 cents of every Lottery dollar is returned to the community in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retail commissions. The Lottery contributes at least 34 cents of every dollar that players spend on Lottery products to public education and returns more than 50 percent of sales to players in the form of prizes. Since the Lottery’s inception in 1985, Lottery players have contributed nearly $22 billion to California schools out of total sales of more than $59 billion. Retailers benefit too, earning $3.8 billion in compensation since 1985.


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