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July 3, 2003

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July, 2003 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win a Total of $302,500 on "The Big Spin®" Show


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs every Saturday in 12 television markets statewide. A total of $302,500 was won by contestants who appeared on Saturday's, July 5, 2003 show.

The "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestants won a total of $200,000 on this week's show. The first "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant was Humberto Rivas, an auto shop repair owner from Baldwin Park who won $75,000. Rivas who purchased his ticket at Keg Liquor in West Covina said, "I plan to travel to Nicaragua with my winnings." The second "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant was Larry Fredrickson, a retiree from Merced who won $70,000. Fredrickson who purchased his ticket at 7-Eleven in Merced said, "I plan to use my prize money to go on vacation to Hawaii." Next up at the "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" was Anna Rottenberg, a retiree from Los Angeles who won $55,000. Rottenberg who bought her ticket at Honest Max Bargains in Los Angeles said, "I will use my prize money for home improvements."

Humberto Rivas
Humberto Rivas

Contestants on the "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" game 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. Contestants appearing on this segment qualify by mailing an entry form to the Lottery after purchasing $5 of Fantasy 5 games on one playslip.

The contestant that won a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round was Carmen Ramos from Lamont who won $60,000. Ramos who bought her lucky ticket at Stockdale Ranch Market in Bakersfield said, "I'm going to buy a house with my prize money." The second runner-up from the California Gold round was Minerva Sanqui, a registered nurse from Corona 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 find 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.

Larry Fredrickson
Larry Fredrickson

The Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show was Joanne Branson, a salesperson from Placerville who won $20,000. Branson who bought her lucky ticket at Placerville Drive Market & Deli in Placerville said, "With this money, I plan put a down payment on a home." Branson bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket. That lucky ticket entitled Branson to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

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®" television show is the longest running lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.


Humberto Rivas Baldwin Park $75,000
Larry Fredrickson Merced $70,000
Carmen Ramos Lamont $60,000
Anna Rottenberg Los Angeles $55,000
Joanne Branson Placerville $20,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
TOTAL      $302,500
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