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March 31, 2001

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March, 2001 | Winners Stories

El Cajon Retiree Wins $90,000 On "Big Spin® 2000" Show


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, March 31, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $267,500.

There were three contestants at the Fantasy 5 Dream Machine this week. First up was Harriet Simon of Malibu. When asked what she would do with her prize money, Simon replied, "I'm dreaming of home improvements," which shouldn't be a problem as Simon won $30,000. Next up was Gerald Foster of El Cajon who had quite the audience with him. As show host Maiquel Alejo pointed out, "The entire second row of people are here with you!" It must have been good luck for him because he won $90,000 on the Dream Machine. He explained after his win, "I'm going to take care of all the needs of my family." The last contestant was Ralph Georgi of Red Bluff who said he plans to invest most of the $60,000 he won on the Dream Machine. "I also promised my wife I'd by her a new car," he said. This makes sense, since his wife tried to bring him good luck by decorating her fingernails with Lottery symbols.

At the Fantasy 5 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.

David Crockett, a maintenance worker from Costa Mesa was the spinner from the California Gold game. Crockett won $25,000 spinning the largest prize wheel in the world. Other California Gold contestants won a combined total of $22,500. California Gold is another way to get to the wheel on "Big Spin 2000". 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 2000" prize wheel, while the other contestant wins $5,000.

San Pedro resident Stanley Glista won $40,000 as this week's SPIN-SPIN-SPIN contestant. "I have nephews and nieces with children and I'm going to see about sending them to college," said Glista. While Glista didn't bring any family with him, he brought his friend, the clerk that sold him the ticket, to the show to cheer him on.

The California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 outlets statewide. The Lottery provides 52.7 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34 percent to public schools and 14 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.8 percent for retailer commissions. Since 1985, the Lottery has raised more than $12 billion for public schools. The California Lottery's contribution equals approximately 2 percent of the state's total education budget. "Big Spin® 2000" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.

Gerald Foster El Cajon $ 90,000
Ralph Georgi Red Bluff $ 60,000
Stanley Glista San Pedro $ 40,000
Harriet Simon Malibu $ 30,000
David Crockett Costa Mesa $ 25,000
Other California Gold winners   $ 22,500
  TOTAL $267,500
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