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October 3, 2003

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October, 2003 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win a Total of $220,000 on "The Big Spin®" Show


SACRAMENTO -- The California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs every Saturday in 12 television markets statewide. A total of $220,000 was won by contestants who appeared on the show airing Saturday, October 4, 2003.

The "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant appearing on this week's show was Sandra Boisjolie, an office manager from Hacienda Heights who won $85,000. Boisjolie, who purchased her ticket at Tony's Liquor & Deli in Hacienda Heights, said, "With my winnings, I plan to buy a car and use some for my daughter's education."

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.

There were two contestants that tried to win a chance to spin the big wheel on this week's show. Sean Chapman, a United Postal Service worker from Los Angeles was the first contestant that spun the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round and won $50,000. Chapman who bought his lucky ticket at 7-Eleven in Los Angeles said, "I'm going to buy a house with my prize money." The second runner-up from the California Gold round was Pricilla Aguirre, a homemaker from Vacaville who won $5,000.

Patrick Patterson
Patrick Patterson

The second contestant that made it to the big wheel from the California Gold game was Patrick Patterson, a retiree from Lakewood, who won $40,000. Patterson who bought his lucky ticket at Windsor Liquor in Lakewood said, "I'm going share my winnings with my family." The second runner-up from this California Gold round was Juan Flores, a stock clerk from Long Beach, who won $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 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 find 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 locations statewide. During Fiscal Year 2001/2002, the Lottery provided 51.9 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.9 percent to public schools and 13.2 percent for administrative expenses, which included 6.8 percent for retailer commissions. In 2002 the California Lottery contributed $1 billion to public schools. The Lottery's contribution equals approximately 2 percent of the State's total education budget. "The Big Spin®" television show is the longest running lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.


Sandra Boisjolie Hacienda Heights $85,000
Sean Chapman Los Angeles $50,000
Patrick Patterson Lakewood $40,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $45,000
TOTAL      $220,000
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