CA Lottery Home

About Us Games Retailers Corporate Social Responsibility Español

Press release

October 25, 2002

See more press releases:

October, 2002 | Supporting Education | Southern California



SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, October 26, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $190,000.

Actor Alfonso Ribeiro presented Phil Friedman with the California Lottery's Hero in Education Award. Friedman is a volunteer from Torrance.

Nine years ago, Friedman founded the "976-Tuna" Youth Fishing Program. Each year through this program, Friedman introduces thousands of California's inner city school children to the wonders of saltwater fishing. For some of these kids, this means taking their first boat ride, catching their first fish, and experiencing a whole new world of discoveries that can only be found in the ocean.

Friedman shows California kids that learning can be fun by offering them real hands-on education. He does this by showing them how to catch and release their own fish, how to tie different sailing knots, and how to handle and identify the different plant and sea life found along the California coast.

Alfonso Ribeiro is a talented singer, dancer, actor and director who starred in television playing the role of Rick Schroeder's friend on Silver Spoons. He played opposite L. L. Cool J on the UPN sitcom In the House. He also hosts the syndicated variety show Your Big Break. He is best known from his starring role as affluent cousin Carlton Banks on the hit sitcom The Fresh of Bel-Aire.

Tracy LaBarber
Tracy LaBarber

The Fantasy 5 contestant appearing on this week's show is Tracy LaBarber, a revenue assistant from Stockton. LaBarber wins $75,000 and she explained her plans for this money, "I plan to use it to buy a home in the country." LaBarber bought her winning ticket at El Dorado Liquor in Stockton.

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.

Joel Belmontes
Joel Belmontes

There are two contestants that try to win a chance to spin the big wheel on this week's show. The first contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Joel Belmontes a warehouse worker from Vista, who wins $40,000. "I plan use my winnings for my children's education," said Belmontes. Belmontes purchased his lucky ticket at La Mexicana Market in Vista. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Jorge Rodriguez, a Business owner from Palm Springs, who wins $5,000.

The second contestant that makes it to the big wheel from the California Gold game is Nahla Alsanabani, a housewife from Oakland who wins $30,000. Alsanabani bought her ticket at Three Amigos Market in Oakland. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Maria Velazquez, a caregiver from Nipomo, 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.

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.


Tracy LaBarber Stockton $75,000
Joel Belmontes Vista $40,000
Nahla Alsanabani Oakland $30,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $45,000
TOTAL      $190,000
- # # # -