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May 7, 2004

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May, 2004 | Winners Stories

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $190,000


SACRAMENTO – California Lottery players from across the state won a total of $197,500 on “The Big Spin®” show that aired Saturday, May 8, 2004.

Jim Day, a federal employee from Carlsbad, was the only contestant on this week’s show to play “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” and won $75,000.   Day, who purchased his ticket at 7-Eleven in Encinitas, said, “It was a great experience and I plan to be back on the show.” 

Norma Lind from Fresno and Kashmir Prasad of Foster City were the two survivors from round one of the “Aces High” game.  In round two, Lind won a chance to spin the wheel, while Prasad won $5,000.  Lind, who bought her Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at U-Save Liquor in Fresno, spun the wheel for $50,000.  Lind said, “I’m going to spend my money wisely and travel.”

Scott Merino, a grocery employee from Cerritos, purchased his Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at Prestige Station in La Palma and uncovered Spin-Spin-Spin when he scratched it.  After spinning the largest lottery wheel in the world and winning $50,000, Merino said, “I’m going to buy a boat with my prize money.”

Jim Day Carlsbad $ 75,000
Norma Lind Fresno $ 50,000
Scott Merino Cerritos $ 50,000
Other Aces High Contestants   $ 22,500
  TOTAL $ 197,500

How to play “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine”:
Contestants on the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” game have up to five chances to launch a ball toward one of the five bins in the pinball-type game.  Each bin represents a cash amount.  One, three, five balls in a bin earns you that amount, while two or four balls in a bin deducts the 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. 

How to play “Aces High”:
“Aces High” replaced “California Gold” and is the newest game on “The Big Spin®” show.  In round one ten “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 who end up with an “Ace” card advance to the second round.  The object 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 and a chance to win $3 million!

The California Lottery is pleased to announce that in fiscal year 2002-03 it was able to contribute $1 billion to public education, for the third consecutive year and is on course to achieve this accomplishment for the fourth consecutive year. 

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