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December 12, 2003

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December, 2003 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO - The California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" Show airs every Saturday in 12 television markets statewide. A total of $297,500 was won by contestants who appeared on the show airing Saturday, December 13, 2003.

"Aces High" is the newest game on "The Big Spin®" Show, which replaced "California Gold." Similar to "California Gold," ten contestants begin the game and two of those contestants advance to the second round. "Aces High" contestants will either win a dollar amount ranging from $1,750 to $4,000 or get one of two "Ace" cards. The two contestants that end up with an "Ace" card advance to the second round. The objective of the second round is to get a better hand than the opponent, the best hand being four of a kind. The contestant with the lower hand wins $5,000 and the contestant with the higher hand goes on to spin the wheel, for a chance to win $3 million!

Roy Tilly
Roy Tilly

The contestant that won a chance to spin the prize wheel from the "Aces High" elimination round was Rosalie Holleran, a homemaker from Santa Ana who won $100,000! Holleran, who bought her lucky ticket at 7-Eleven in Garden Grove, commented, "I'm going to use my prize money to buy my dream home." The second runner-up from the "Aces Round" round was Barbara Duggan, a retiree from San Ramon who won $5,000.

The Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show was Roy Tilly from Marina who won $100,000! Tilly, who purchased his ticket at Safeway in Monterey, said, "I plan to share my winnings with my family." Tilly bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket. That lucky ticket entitled Tilly to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

Alphonso Paris
Alphonso Paris

The "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant on this week's show was Alphonso Paris from Richmond who won $75,000. Paris, who purchased his ticket at Getaway Supermarket in Oakland, said, "I plan to give my winnings to my wife." Contestants on the "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" game have up to five chances to launch a ball into one of the five bins in the pinball-type game. Each bin represents a cash amount. Prizes are cumulative, but only one ball may land in each bin to claim the prize amount. Contestants appearing on this segment qualify by mailing an entry form to the Lottery after purchasing $5 of Fantasy 5 games on one playslip.

Exceeding its mandate to provide 34% of Lottery revenues to public education, in Fiscal Year 2002/2003, the California Lottery contributed $1 billion to public schools, for a third consecutive year.


Rosalie Holleran Santa Ana $ 100,000
Roy Tilly Marina $ 100,000
Alphonso Paris Richmond $ 75,000
Other Aces High Contestants   $ 22,500
TOTAL      $ 297,500
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