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November 8, 2002

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November, 2002 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, November 9, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $252,500.

Senator Joe Dunn presented Stephanie Jurman Scott with the California Lottery's Exceptional Educator Award on "The Big Spin" show. Senator Dunn explains, "Stephanie is a 2nd grade teacher who is committed to the success of students at Pendleton Elementary School in Buena Park. In one of the most diverse classrooms in the district, Stephanie has transcended the multi-cultural barriers of over eight different nationalities of students, and has successfully taught them reading, writing and arithmetic - the 3 "R's", if you will."

Jurman Scott explained a very important program she is in charge of, "The P.A.L. Program, is our 'Peer Assistance Leadership' program. It consists of students who participate in conflict resolution, community service and awareness and gang and drug prevention. During the 1999-2000 school year our students received the county's 'outstanding P.A.L. Program.' Award." Senator Dunn concluded, "Stephanie, congratulations on your success! Now to further honor your contributions, I would like to present you with this Senate Resolution."

This week's finalist at the California Gold game was Lazaro Gracia, a botanical company employee from Porterville who won $40,000. Gracia, who was a proxy for his father, said, "I want my dad to go on vacation or retire with this prize." Gracia bought his lucky ticket at Rozi's Liquor in Delano. The second runner-up from the California Gold round is Lucy Whelpley, a medical biller from Sacramento, who wins $5,000.

California Gold is another way to get to the wheel on "The Big Spin". 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.

Patrick Hew
Patrick Hew

Fantasy 5 contestants won a total of $140,000 on this week's show. The first Fantasy 5 contestant was Patrick Hew, a retiree from Montebello who won $70,000. Hew said, "I want to do some travelling and Christmas is right around the corner, so I'll use some of it for that." Hew purchased his ticket at Popular Liquor in Montebello. Next up at the Dream Machine was John Bass, a retiree from Tracy who won $70,000. Bass said, "I plan on paying my house off with this prize." Bass bought his winning ticket at Ralph's Club in Tracy. 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.

John Bass
John Bass

The final contestant on this week's show was Doris Jin, a housewife from Torrance who wins $50,000. Jin said, "I want to give this money to my daughter for her college education." Jin bought her ticket at San Gabriel Superstore in San Gabriel.

Doris Jin
Doris Jin
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 $14 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.


Doris Jin Torrance $50,000
John Bass Tracy $70,000
Patrick Hew Montebello $70,000
Lazaro Gracia Porterville $40,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
TOTAL      $252,500
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