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April 2, 2004

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April, 2004 | Winners Stories | Northern California

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $200,000


SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery’s “The Big Spin®” show, having aired Saturday, April 3, 2004, gave Californians $227,500.

The first lucky player was Michael Shannon, a state auditor from Sacramento, who was thrilled to win $95,000 at the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine.”  Shannon purchased his ticket at Come-N-Go Food in Sacramento.  The second player to challenge the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” and win $55,000 was Roberta Mauser from Stockton.  Mauser, who bought her ticket at Rite Aid in Stockton plans to pay off her home mortgage and take a vacation.  Finishing the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” lucky streak was Gerald Reichel, a retiree from La Jolla.   Reichel, who bought his ticket at Valley Liquor and Mini Mart in San Diego, netted $30,000 in prize money and plans to bank his winnings.

Deanna Johnson of Coalinga and Patricia Lamb of Oakland were the two finalists in the first round of “Aces High.”   In round two, Johnson won a chance to spin the wheel and ultimately walked away with $25,000.   Johnson, who bought her “Big Spin Scratchers®” ticket at Ice Bucket III in Coalinga said, “I plan to take my family on cruise with my winnings.”  Lamb was also delighted to win $5,000 in prize money.

“The Big Spin®” show is just one of the many entertainment choices offered by the California Lottery, resulting in cash prizes to players and supplemental funding for California’s public schools.  For three consecutive years, the Lottery has contributed $1 billion to public education and is on course to meet this goal for the fourth consecutive year.

Winner’s Summary

Michael Shannon Sacramento $95,000
Roberta Mauser Stockton $55,000
Gerald Reichel La Jolla $30,000
Deanna Johnson Coalinga $25,000
Other Aces High Contestants    $22,500
  TOTAL $227,500

How to play “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine”
Contestants on the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” game have up to five chances to launch a ball into one of the five bins in the pinball-type game.  Each bin represents a cash amount.  Prizes are cumulative, but only one ball may land in each bin to claim the prize amount.  Contestants appearing on this segment qualify by mailing an entry form to the Lottery after purchasing $5 of Fantasy 5 games on one playslip.

How to play “Aces High”
“Aces High” replaced “California Gold” and is the newest game on “The Big Spin®” show.  Ten “Aces High” contestants will either win a dollar amount ranging from $1,750 to $4,000 or get one of two “Ace” cards.  The two contestants who end up with an “Ace” card advance to the second round.  The object of the second round is to get a better hand than the opponent, the best hand being four of a kind.  The contestant with the lower hand wins $5,000 and the contestant with the higher hand goes on to spin the wheel, for a chance to win $3 million!

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