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May 30, 2003

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May, 2003 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win a Total of $237,500 on "The Big Spin®" Show


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs every Saturday in twelve television markets statewide. A total of $237,500 was won by contestants who appeared on Saturday's, May 31, 2003 show.

Robert West
Robert West

The Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show was Robert West, a retiree from Arcadia who won $90,000! West explained, "With this money, I plan to pay off bills and help out my daughter." West purchased his lucky ticket at Tony's Liquor, in Arcadia. West bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket. That lucky ticket entitled West to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

Vernon Brunelle
Vernon Brunelle

The "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant appearing on this week's show was Vernon Brunelle, an electrician from Longdale, Nevada. Brunelle who won $75,000 said that he planned on spending his money by investing for his retirement. Brunelle bought his ticket at Ince Beach Market, in Huntington Beach.

The "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" players 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. 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.

This week's finalist at the California Gold game was Yvonne Romero, a hair stylist from San Leandro who won $50,000. Romero said, "I'm going to buy a car and pay some bills with my prize money." Romero bought her lucky ticket at Food Max, in San Leandro. The second runner-up from the California Gold round was Rick Adams, a store clerk from Fall River Mills 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 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 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®" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.


Robert West Arcadia $90,000
Vernon Brunel le Longdale, NV. $75,000
Yvonne Romero San Leandro $50,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
TOTAL      $237,500
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