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April 4, 2003

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April, 2003 | Supporting Education | Southern California

Actress Hattie Winston Presents California Lottery's Hero in Education Award to Bart Hanchett


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, April 5, 2003, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $167,500.

Bart Hanchett and Hattie Winston

Bart Hanchett and
Hattie Winston

Actress Hattie Winston presented Bart Hanchett with the California Lottery's Hero in Education Award. Hanchett is a volunteer at Sunset Elementary School in Ventura.

For the past six years, Hanchett with the help of his wife and friend, Dwight Evans, has helped make sure that Sunset's kids have the most state-of-the-art computer equipment available. He does this by contacting businesses and soliciting donations of used computers. Hanchett picks up the equipment, loads it into his car, and personally delivers it to Sunset Elementary. Once there, he and his friend, Evans, put their technical knowledge to use, taking each machine apart and seeing what upgrades are needed and completely refurbish the machines, bringing them up to par for Sunset's kids. Once the machines are ready, Hanchett sets them up in the classrooms and makes sure that the teachers and students alike know how to use the equipment.

Hattie Winston is a veteran and award winning actress. She has appeared in such films as Beverly Hills Cop 3, True Crime, and Jackie Brown. Her television credits include shows like Scrubs, Malcolm and Eddie, Nurses, Homefront and the PBS series Electric Company. She is best known as the strong, level headed nurse Margaret on the hit television show Becker.

James Carlisle Jr
James Carlisle Jr.

The Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is James Carlisle Jr., a gardener from Bakersfield who wins $150,000. Carlisle explained, "I plan to buy a house and take a vacation." Carlisle purchased his lucky ticket at Bisla Mini Mart in Bakersfield. Carlisle bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket, that ticket entitled Carlisle to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

"Weekly Payday Raceway" contestant, Kum Sun Jackman, a food clerk from Marina, will progress to the final round of play for a chance to win $2,000 a week for 20 years, winning a total grand prize of over $2 million. Jackman purchased her lucky ticket at Marina Shell Station in Marina. On this week's show, six contestants competed in the first preliminary round of the game moving simulated racecars along a racetrack. Of the six, one contestant, Jackman, moved on to the final round of play. Other "Weekly Payday Raceway" contestants won a combined total of $17,500 with prizes ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.

The California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 outlets statewide. The Lottery provides 51.9 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.9 percent to public schools and 13.2 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®" show is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.


James Carlisle Jr. Bakersfield $150,000
Other Weekly Payday Raceway Contestants   $17,500
TOTAL      $167,500
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