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August 24, 2002

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August, 2002 | Supporting Education | Northern California

Actress Susan Anton Presents California Lottery's Hero in Education Award to Vivian Hurtado Figueira


SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, August 24, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $252,500.

Actress Susan Anton presented Vivian Hurtado Figueira with the California Lottery's Hero in Education Award. Figueira is a parent volunteer from Cameron Park. Four years ago, after overcoming a personal tragedy, Figueira established an organization called "SPEAR" or Suicide Prevention Education Action Resources. Through SPEAR, Fegueira is taking steps to make sure school kids are evaluated for diseases like Bi-polar disorder, anxiety and depression. Fegueira is also fighting these diseases by helping kids gain self-esteem and self-confidence through the dramatic arts.

With an extensive background in television, modeling, and drama, Figueira is able to use her skills to help these kids discover their hidden talents. She teaches them acting, helps them with their portfolios, and even travels with them as they perform their new found skills in front of hundreds of people at Boys and Girls Clubs across California.

Susan Anton is an actress who starred in films like Goldengirl and Cannon Ball Run II. She played opposite David Hasselhoff on the worldwide television phenomenon Baywatch. She is also one of the most popular and glamorous stars to ever appear on the Las Vegas strip.

The Fantasy 5 contestant appearing on this week's show is Nadine Koss, a business owner from San Francisco. Koss wins $65,000 and she explained her plans for this money, "I plan to use it for a home improvement project." Koss bought her winning ticket at Miraloma Market in San Francisco.

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.

Michael Yoon
Michael Yoon

The contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Michael Yoon, a network analyst from San Jose, who wins $75,000. "I plan to take care of my parents with my winnings." Yoon purchased his lucky ticket at Super Liquor & Food in San Jose. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Chih Liu, an auto technician from Covina, 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.

Daniel Harrington
Daniel Harrington

The lone Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Daniel Harrington, a recycling employee from Pacifica who wins $90,000. Harrington explained, "I plan to use the money to buy a new truck." Harrington purchased his ticket at Pacifica U Save Liquor in Pacifica.

The California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 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.


Daniel Harrington Pacifica $90,000
Michael Yoon San Jose $75,000
Nadine Koss San Francisco $65,000
Other California Gold Contestants $22,500
TOTAL      $252,500
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