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December 20, 2002

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December, 2002 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, December 21, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $192,500.

Assemblymember Jack O'Connell presented Edward Arguelles with the California Lottery's Exceptional Educator Award on "The Big Spin" show. Assemblymember O'Connell explains, "Edward is a Social Science teacher at Santa Paula Union High School. For the past 25 years, Edward has helped students succeed both inside and outside the classroom. He focuses on the special needs of students by spending extra time with academically at-risk students and challenging those who are college bound."

Arguelles' accomplishments include founding a mock trial team whose members have moved on to become professional lawyers. He also formed a partnership with the California State University system to bring graduate student tutors to help high school kids with their college entrance requirements. O'Connell concluded, "Edward, for going the extra mile to ensure the success of students, it is my pleasure to proclaim you an Exceptional Educator."

Hidemi Uemura
Hidemi Uemura

Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestants win a total of $115,000 on this week's show. The first contestant appearing on this week's show is Hidemi Uemura, an engineer from Torrance. Uemura wins $60,000 and he explained his plans for the money, "I will go on a cruise." Uemura bought his lucky ticket at Mr. C's Liquor in San Pedro. The second contestant is Daniel Diaz, a Construction worker from Seaside, who wins $55,000. He plans to take a long trip to the Bahamas with his winnings. Diaz bought his ticket at Food Corner Market in Seaside. 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.

Ryan Tadina
Ryan Tadina

This week's finalist at the California Gold game is Ryan Tadina, a supervisor from Carson, who wins $25,000. "I plan to use this money to buy a house," said Tadina. Tadina purchased his ticket at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Michelle Olson, a laser vision coordinator from Anaheim, who wins $5,000. California Gold is another way to get to the wheel on "The Big Spin" show. 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 Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Norma Arbues, a homemaker from Laguna Niguel who wins $30,000! Arbues explained, "I plan to make home improvements with this money." Arbues purchased her ticket at Ralph's Grocery in Laguna Niguel. Arbues bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket, that ticket entitled Arbues to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

The California Lottery® sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 retail outlets statewide. The Lottery provides 52 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.7 percent to public schools and 13.3 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.8 percent for retailer commissions. Since 1985, the Lottery has raised more than $14 billion for public schools. The 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.


Hidemi Uemura Torrance $60,000
Daniel Diaz Seaside $55,000
Norma Arbues Laguna Niguel $30,000
Ryan Tadina Carson $25,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
TOTAL      $192,500
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