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July 11, 2003

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July, 2003 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win a Total of $170,000 on "The Big Spin®" Show


Rose Bourque
Rose Bourque
There were two contestants that tried to win a chance to spin the big wheel on this week's show. Rose Bourque, a retiree from Santa Monica was the first contestant that spun the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round and won $75,000. Bourque who bought her lucky ticket at Duck Blind in Santa Monica said, "I'm going to buy a car and help my family with my prize money." The second runner-up from the California Gold round was Brandon Depriest, a machinist from Anaheim who won $5,000

Alma Barube
Alma Barube

The second contestant that made it to the big wheel from the California Gold game was Alma Barube, a retiree from Huntington Beach, who won $20,000. Barube who bought her lucky ticket at Nady's Liquor in Huntington Beach said, "I'm going to go on a cruise vacation." The second runner-up from this California Gold round was Maria Barreto, Homemaker from Colima, Mexico, 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 "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant appearing on this week's show was Malaki Ofakineiafu, a retiree from South San Francisco who won $30,000. Ofakineiafu who purchased his ticket at 7-Eleven in South San Francisco said, "I plan to travel to Nicaragua with my winnings."

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.

The California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 retail locations statewide. The Lottery provides 51.9 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.9 percent to public schools and 13.2 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.8 percent for retailer commissions. Since 1985, the Lottery has raised more than $14 billion for 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.


Rose Bourque Santa Monica $75,000
Malaki Ofakineiafu South San Francisco $30,000
Alma Barube Huntington Beach $20,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $45,000
TOTAL      $170,000

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