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December 16, 2000

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December, 2000 | Winners Stories

"Big Spin® 2000" Winner Plans Trip To Hawaii


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, December 16, 2000, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $277,500.

Brenda Johnson started volunteering in the Bassett School District in 1978 and in 1999 was selected by newly elected U.S. Congresswoman Hilda Solis for Senate Woman of the Year because of her volunteer efforts. Johnson's volunteer efforts began when her own children were in grammar school. She spearheaded the "Uniform Movement" for the schools, served as Treasurer and President of the PTSA and served as Vice-President and President of the Bassett School Board.

U.S. Congresswoman Hilda Solis presented Johnson with Big Spin® 2000's "Hero in Education" award. Congresswoman Hilda Solis was the youngest Latina Legislator to be elected in the state of California. She recently became the recipient of the Year 2000 John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award for her work on environmental issues. This award is given annually by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. When asked about her new post as Congresswoman, she said, "I am glad to be working at the Federal level to enhance public schools in our state."

Torrance resident Alan Shenefield won $60,000 spinning the largest prize wheel in the world. Shenefield was this week's SPIN-SPIN-SPIN contestant. "I'm going to use my prize money for a vacation to Hawaii and to help my family," said Shenefield.

San Francisco resident Ghee Lakshmanan is in the spirit of giving. Lakshmanan, one of two Fantasy 5TM Dream Machine contestants, said, "I'm going to donate part of the money I won to charity, to my grandchild's education and save some for the rest of my family." Lakshmanan won $85,000 on the Fantasy 5TM Dream Machine. Stan Breen of Crescent City won $50,000 on the Dream Machine. "I'm going to have a good time with it," said Breen. Breen said he also plans to use part of his prize money to help his children.

Norman Dy of Bay Point was this week's top California Gold contestant. "I'm going to pay bills and have a good time," he said after winning $60,000. Other California Gold contestants won a combined total of $22,500.

The California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 outlets statewide. The Lottery provides 52.5 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.

Ghee Lakshmanan San Francisco $ 85,000
Alan Shenefield Torrance $ 60,000
Norman Dy Bay Point $ 60,000
Stan Breen Crescent City $ 50,000
Other California Gold winners   $ 22,500
  TOTAL $277,500
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