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February 2, 2001

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February, 2001 | Winners Stories



San Dimas resident, Joanne Kirby won $100,000 as this week's SPIN-SPIN-SPIN contestant. "I brought my kids, my boss, and my whole family." When asked what she planned to do with her prize, she replied, "Help my kids, pay some bills and buy a car." Dimas bought a "Big Spin 2000" Scratchers ticket and it revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket and this entitled her to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

Sandy Wilson was proxy for her father, Robert Wilson from Reno Nevada, at the Fantasy 5TM Dream Machine. Wilson admitted before playing, "I am a nervous wreck!" She won $90,000 but is not sure what her father will do with his prize money. At the Fantasy 5TM 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 5TM games are purchased on one playslip.

Drummer, Rogers Purfoy of Hawthorne, won to the tune of $40,000 as this week's top California Gold contestant. "I'm going to use my prize money for my children's education and take a vacation. I'm a drummer so I also want to buy lots and lots of drums," said Purfoy. Other California Gold contestants won a combined total of $22,500. California Gold is one way to get to the wheel on "Big Spin 2000". 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 2000 prize wheel, while the other contestant wins $5,000.

John Allanson of Lake Elsinore was "Big SpinTM 2000's" first Camelot's Riches contestant. Allanson won $10,000 and said, "I'm using my prize money for a trip to New England and to add to my retirement fund." Camelot's Riches is the California Lottery's newest way to get to the Big Spin 2000. The game is played by pulling on King Arthur's sword, "Excalibur," which starts two different colored balls racing down the ramps to the finish line. The contestant's prize is decided by which color ball crosses the finish line first. Three rounds are played and the final prize is totaled after the three rounds have ended.

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 SpinTM 2000" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.

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