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January 27, 2001

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January, 2001 | Winners Stories

Fantasy 5TM Contestants Win $220,000 On "Big Spin® 2000" Show


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, January 27, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $292,500.

Fantasy 5TM contestant Frank Bausa, a chauffeur from San Diego, was one of four Fantasy 5TM Dream Machine contestants on this week's show. Bausa said he was going for, "A major score, a major touchdown," as he prepared to play the Fantasy 5 Dream Machine. As he played, he looked to the audience to decide when to stop playing. Bausa said he plans to have fun with his $70,000 prize.

Fantasy 5TM contestant Leaoma Eigenheer, a retiree from San Ramon, said, "I have three beautiful daughters and a beautiful granddaughter up there in the audience and I would like to help them all out with this money." Eigenheer played only two out of the possible five balls and won $70,000. Needless to say, her daughters and granddaughter were very excited for her and gave her the loudest applause in the audience.

"I'm going to go to Disneyland," said Fantasy 5TM contestant Gabrielle Loy, who claimed to be "jittery" before her turn at the Dream Machine. Loy, a homemaker from Thousand Oaks, was accompanied by her family as she won $70,000.

Los Angeles resident and salesman Andrew Nairi was the final contestant at the Fantasy 5 Dream Machine. When asked what he would do with his prize, he said, "Pay off debts, do some online investing and maybe take a trip to Europe, probably Italy." When asked why Italy, he responded, "It's just old world culture, and old architecture that would be interesting to look at." Nairi won $10,000 and can finally take his dream trip to Europe.

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.

This week's only spinner and top California Gold contestant was Antonelle Decetis of Sacramento. Decetis, who only buys Lottery tickets once a month, couldn't believe she made it all the way to the wheel, "I didn't think I would make it this far." Decetis won $50,000. 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.

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