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August 12, 2002

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August, 2002 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win $200,000 on The Big Spin® Show


SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, August 10, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $200,000.

Assemblymember Gloria Negrete McLeod presented Kathy Cardinal with the California Lottery's Exceptional Educator Award on "The Big Spin" show. Assemblymember Negrete McLeod explains, "Kathy is a Special Education teacher who is truly making a difference in the lives of children in San Bernardino County. Her passion to address the developmental needs of students has prompted Kathy to take a leadership role in a program called Early Start."

This proactive program focuses on special education services for disabled infants, toddlers and their families. Each day Cardinal makes house calls to instruct parents how to help develop their child's developmental skills. The goal is to make sure these challenged learners are prepared to enter elementary school and making sure that not one of them is left behind. Negrete McLeod concluded, "Kathy, for your 20-year commitment to the early childhood development of California's kids, it is my privilege to proclaim you an Exceptional Educator."

Judy Stafford
Judy Stafford

The Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestant appearing on this week's show is Judy Stafford, a retiree from Sunnyvale. Stafford wins $75,000 and she explained her plans for the money, "I will travel to the Far East." Stafford bought her lucky ticket at Sunrise Liquors in Fair Oaks. 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.

Charles Fortner
Charles Fortner

This week's show had two contestants that try to win a chance to spin the big wheel on this week's show. The first contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Charles Fortner, a retiree from Baldwin Park, who wins $50,000. "I plan to use this money for medical expenses," said Fortner. Fortner purchased his lucky ticket at 7-Eleven in Baldwin Park. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Robert Stefankowicz, a clerk from Los Angeles, who wins $5,000.

Florencia Obcena
Florencia Obcena

The second contestant that makes it to the big wheel from the California Gold game is Florencia Obcena, a shipping clerk from Daly City who wins $30,000. When asked what her plans to do with her prize, Obcena replied, "I plan to pay bills." Obcena purchased her ticket at San Bruno Market in San Francisco. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Patricia Holmes, a copy service worker from San Dimas, who wins $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 California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 retail outlets statewide. The Lottery provides 52 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.7 percent to public schools and 13.3 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.8 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.


Judy Stafford Sunnyvale $75,000
Charles Fortner Baldwin Park $50,000
Florencia Obcena Daly City $30,000
Other California Gold Contestants $45,000
TOTAL      $200,000
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