Kan. couple’s big win on Wheel of Fortune gives them dream vacation with 8 grandkids

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A Kansas couple's big win on Wheel of Fortune has awarded them with enough money to take their eight grandkids on the trip of a lifetime.

"All we wanted to do was go and win some money so we can take all of our grandkids to Disneyworld," says a jubilant Marilyn Bakarich, who along with her husband, John, are now preparing to take their eight grandchildren to see Mickey Mouse, Pluto and Donald Duck.

In October, the Bakariches won two huge prizes on the popular television game show, "Wheel Of Fortune."

"It's unbelievable," John said.

"Once we started filming, it was very quick," Marilyn said. "It just went by so fast. We don't remember any of the puzzles."

From the beginning, Marilyn and John, who admit they're very competitive and love playing all kinds of board games, were super scorers spinning the "wheel."  They even came very close to winning $1 million.

"I do know that Vanna White was wearing the exact same color we were, and when she walked out on stage, I said in my mind, 'Oh my gosh, this is meant to be,'" Marilyn told FOX 4's Robert Townsend during a watch party at Danny's Bar and Grill in Kansas City, Kan., Friday night.

About 200 of the Bakariches' family members, friends and neighbors packed the restaurant to help the couple officially celebrate their big win that came after John and Marilyn correctly guessed their winning puzzle: "HOLD THE PHONE"  -- a win that netted the couple $50,000 and an Alaskan cruise.

The high school sweethearts have been married for 41 years.

"I kept hearing ding, ding, ding, ding and the puzzle pieces were turning over. We were like, 'it's just a miracle,'" Marilyn says with a big laugh.

"We had planned what letters we were gonna select and when the final round came, she blurts out letters that weren't even close to what we picked," John said.

In April, the couple's big Wheel of Fortune check should be in the mail and then Marilyn, John and their eight grandkids will be off to Disneyworld.

"To be able to take all of the grandkids to Disneyworld was our initial goal," Marilyn said. "I cried for two hours after we finished the show because I was so happy!"

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