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Jul 13, 2004 5:35 AM

Elspeth Ritchie said she thought she’d pass out when she turned back to the Wheel of Fortune dollar machine she was playing to discover that while she had been talking to her friend, she’d become $1.6 million richer.

Ritchie, an El Cerrito, Calif. resident, was in Las Vegas visiting a friend who insisted that they try their luck at Green Valley Ranch Station.

The one sure thing that Ritchie plans on doing with her windfall is purchasing a new car — a Cadillac! And the 73-year old native of Scotland said the jackpot will make her life much easier and "dramatically better."

Wheel of Fortune is manufactured by IGT and features progressive jackpots for quarter, dollar and five dollar machines. It has been the top slot machine for nearly a decade.