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June 26, 2010

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June, 2010 | Winners Stories

New Wheels for Everyone on This Week’s “Make Me a Millionaire!”


Ross KingSACRAMENTO – On this week’s episode of Make Me a Millionaire, 12 lucky contestants were awarded a total of $137,000 in cash and prizes.

Ross King of Spring Valley, Ruben Rodriguez of El Monte and Frank Johnson of Culver City all came up winners on the Lucky Penny segment. Lucky Penny winners have the option of taking the cash equivalent of the car and all three contestants chose the cash.

King, a construction manager, won his way onto the show by submitting his Fantasy 5 coupons into the Lottery’s Second Chance Draw. King is a Fantasy 5 Ruben Rodriguezgroup player and plans to split the prize money amongst his friends. The group is contemplating using the money to go on a cruise or throw a celebratory party.

Rodriguez, a painter, plans to use his money to help send his kids to college. Johnson, a sales representative, wants to purchase a BMW.

With the Make Me a Millionaire progressive jackpot increasing $200,000 each week, next week’s Millionaire game contestant will have a chance to win $2.4 million.

Here is a list of this week’s big winners:

Name Game City Amount
Ross King Lucky Penny Spring Valley $30,000
Ruben Rodriguez Lucky Penny El Monte $30,000
Frank Johnson Culver City Seaside $30,000

The California Lottery believes in creating a better, more sustainable environment for future generations, which is why all cars given away on “Make Me a Millionaire” are fuel efficient and use clean innovative technologies. All new car winners on this week’s episode won a Chevy Malibu or the cash equivalent of the vehicle.

The final episode of Make Me a Millionaire will air July 3. For more information about the ending of the show, please visit For high resolution photos of any of this week’s winners, please contact (916) 324-9639 or e-mail

The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail commissions. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed more than $22 billion to education.


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