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June 16, 2001

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June, 2001 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Two Petaluma Residents Win Big On "The Big Spin®" Show


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, June 16, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $237,500.

A building contractor from Petaluma, Jeff Luenenberg, won $75,000 as this week's SPIN-SPIN-SPIN contestant. "I want to take voice-over classes for cartoons in school and the prize money will help finance my schooling," said Luenenberg. He also plans to pay bills and travel to Mexico. Luenenberg bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket; that ticket entitled him to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

Another Petaluma resident and homemaker, Kelly Westphal, won $55,000 on the Fantasy 5TM Dream Machine. "I want to buy a pool for my three children," she said.

Manfred Schaffler of Moraga is no stranger to winning on The Big Spin show. "You've got to play to win," said Schaffler. Schaffler, a magazine subscriptions manager, won $75,000 last year playing the Fantasy 5TM Dream Machine and won another $50,000 playing the Dream Machine on this week's show. "I split my last prize with a friend and I'm going to share this money with another friend," he said.

Fantasy 5TM contestant William Peterson, a copier repairman from Groveland, won $10,000 playing the Dream Machine. "I want to pay off some bills and take a vacation," Peterson said. At the Fantasy 5 Dream Machine, players have up to five chances to launch one ball at a time into one of the five bins in the pinball-type game, each bin representing a cash amount. Prizes are cumulative, but only one ball may land in each bin to claim the prize amount. Players appearing on this segment qualify by mailing an entry form to the Lottery when $5 of Fantasy 5 games are purchased on one playslip.

Victor Mullin, an electrician from La Mirada, won $25,000 playing California Gold. "My wife and I would like to make some home improvements and go on vacation," said Mullin. He then added, "If there is any prize money left, I'll give it to my wife to spend and we'll also go out to dinner," he said. Other California Gold contestants won a combined total of $22,500. California Gold is another way to get to the wheel on "The Big Spin". The game starts with 10 contestants whose Big Spin Scratchers® tickets each revealed three "TV SHOW" symbols on one ticket. When instructed, each player pushes down a "detonator" to reveal a prize ranging from $1,750 to $4,000. Two of those contestants will reveal gold nuggets and advance to the second round of play. Once there, they compete to see who can get the closest to 10 units of "gold nuggets" in their mining car without going over. The winner of this round goes to "The Big Spin" prize wheel, while the other contestant wins $5,000.

The California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 outlets statewide. The Lottery provides 52.7 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.1 percent to public schools and 13.2 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.9 percent for retailer commissions. Since 1985, the Lottery has raised more than $12 billion for public schools. The California Lottery's contribution equals approximately 2 percent of the state's total education budget. "The Big Spin®" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.

Jeff Luenenberg Petaluma $ 75,000
Kelly Westphal Petaluma $ 55,000
Manfred Schaffler Moraga $ 50,000
Victor Mullin La Mirada $ 25,000
William Peterson Groveland $ 10,000
Other California Gold Winners   $ 22,500
  TOTAL $237,500
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