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April 14, 2001

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April, 2001 | Supporting Education | Northern California

Sylmar Resident Wins $90,000 On Big Spin® 2000 Show Actress Dawn Wells Presents "Hero In Education" Award


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, April 14, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $217,500.

Jack Proctor is well known at Boulder Creek School in Redding. He has worked tirelessly behind the scenes at the school for almost seven years. Though handicapped with Cerebral Palsy and disabled, Jack continues to show great care and long term commitment to Boulder Creek students and their families as a reading tutor, computer aide and classroom aide. His "can-do" attitude and cheerful demeanor model the best of what our educational system has to offer. Actress Dawn Wells, who is best known for her portrayal of "MaryAnn" on Gilligan's Island, presented Proctor with California Lottery's "Hero In Education" award. "The core of everything we do in life is education and Proctor deserves positive recognition," said Wells.

Debbie Luna of Sylmar bought a SuperLotto Plus ticket and won $10. She took the money she won and bought Big Spin Scratchers® tickets. One of the tickets revealed three SPIN symbols on it, which entitled her to go to the prize wheel on the show. Once at the show, Luna spun the wheel and it landed on "TRIPLE". Luna's second spin of the wheel landed on $30,000, giving her a grand prize total of $90,000. "I'm going to pay some bills, remodel my house and then take a trip to Hawaii," said Luna.

Fantasy 5TM winner Patricia Chism said, "My husband wants to remodel our home and now we can." The retired San Mateo resident dropped the $10,000 ball, followed by the $40,000 ball and stopping with her third ball which landed on $30,000, giving her a total win of $80,000. 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.

California Gold contestant Lam Sokha of Long Beach said, "I'm writing a book about my country of Cambodia and the money I won will now allow me the opportunity to excel and move my writing forward." Sokha would like to use the prize money he won to buy a computer to help in his efforts. "I'd also like to pay some bills and go on a vacation," he said. Sokha was this week's top California Gold winner taking home $25,000. Other California Gold contestants won a combined total of $22,500. California Gold is another way to get to the wheel on "Big Spin 2000". 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 2000" 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. "Big Spin® 2000" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.

Debbie Luna Sylmar $ 90,000
Patricia Chism San Mateo $ 80,000
Lam Sokha Long Beach $ 25,000
Other California Gold winners   $ 22,500
  TOTAL $217,500
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