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June 17, 2002

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June, 2002 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, June 15, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $225,000.

Assemblymember Jerome Horton presented Ray Barbeau with the California Lottery's Exceptional Educator Award on "The Big Spin" show. Assemblymember Horton explains, "Ray is an eighth grade English teacher at Orville Wright Middle School who goes to great lengths to create interesting lesson plans to make the study of Literature and Language more meaningful to students." Barbeau's passion for reading has also gone beyond the classroom. He has spearheaded the "Millionaire's Club" which is a reading incentive program for students. In addition, to their regular school work, students who read 10 to 12 books, or one million words in a year, are recognized with an award in a special ceremony at the end of the school year. Horton continued, "Ray, for your dedication to improve students reading habits and attitudes, it is my privilege to proclaim you an Exceptional Educator."

When asked on how to get students engaged and motivated, Barbeau explained, "Reading has to be fun and I have to be enthusiastic so that it can pass that enthusiasm on to my students."

Joseph Zulueta
Joseph Zulueta

There are 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 Joseph Zulueta, a pipe fitter from Stockton, who wins $100,000. "I plan to help my family with my winnings," said Zulueta. Zulueta purchased his lucky ticket at Pacific Avenue Bowl in Stockton. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Calvin Rinaldi, a retiree from Fairfield, who wins $5,000.

Peter Cang
Peter Cang

The second contestant that makes it to the big wheel from the California Gold game is Peter Cang, a police officer from Salinas who wins $60,000. When asked what his plans to do with his prize, Cang replied, "I plan to buy a house." Cang purchased his ticket at Nob Hill Food Store in Newman. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Christina Chao, a donut shop manager from Fontana, 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.

Alan Bartulis
Alan Bartulis

The only Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestant appearing on this week's show is Alan Bartulis, a consultant from Fullerton. Bartulis wins $20,000 and he explained his plans for this money, "I'll use it for my kids college education." Bartulis bought his lucky ticket at Cigarettes Cheaper in Fullerton. 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 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 Spinâ" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.


Joseph Zulueta Stockton $100,000
Peter Cang Salinas $60,000
Alan Bartulis Fullerton $20,000
Other California Gold Contestants $45,000
TOTAL      $225,000
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