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February 15, 2002

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February, 2002 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, February 16, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $327,500.

The contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Lionel Campusano, a clothing salesman from Santa Ana, who wins $90,000. "I'm going to try and buy a house," said Campusano. "I'm here with my wife, two friends and my 1 month old baby." Campusano's first spin landed in the "TRIPLE" slot and his second spin landed in the $30,000 slot making his grand total $90,000. The second runner-up from the California Gold round was Edmon Khangaldian, a real estate agent from San Jose, who won $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 Fantasy 5 contestants appearing on this week's show are A.J. Thompson, a student from Claremont, who wins $80,000 on the Fantasy 5 Dream Machine. Next up is Patrick Saunders, a special education teacher from Long Beach who wins $70,000. Saunders explained, "I want to take my sister, racquetball friends and my daughter on a vacation." 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.

The only Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Armando Correa, Sr., a San Gabriel resident who wins $50,000. Correa is accompanied to the show by numerous family and friends. "I would like to buy a big rig and have my own business driving across the country," he explained. Correa 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.

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 $13 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.


Lionel Campusano
Santa Ana
A.J. Thompson
Patrick Saunders
Long Beach
Armando Correa, Sr.
San Gabriel
Graceland Trip Winners
Other California Gold Contestants
TOTAL   $327,500

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