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April 16, 2004

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April, 2004 | Winners Stories

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $100,000


SACRAMENTO – Several happy contestants walked away with a total of $117,500 at this weekend’s “The Big Spin®” show.

Beginning with Sela Schaumkel from Antioch, who won $50,000 at the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine.”  Schaumkel who purchased her ticket at Bonfare Market in Antioch, was delighted to now have the resources to make her dream of moving to Hawaii come true.  The second player to challenge the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” was Gregory Probst from Citrus Heights.  Probst, who bought his ticket at Raley’s in Citrus Heights will use his $10,000 prize to pay off his bills and take a Caribbean cruise.

Finishing the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” lucky streak was Lai Low, a city employee from San Francisco.  Low, who bought his ticket at San Bruno Supermarket in San Francisco, netted $10,000 in prize money and plans to use his winnings for a trip to Singapore. The two finalists in round one of “Aces High” were Jose Almaraz of Whittier and Katrina Edwards of McKittrick.   In round two, Almaraz walked away with $25,000 of which he planed on using to help his family, and Edwards happily accepted $5,000.

The California Lottery is pleased to announce that in fiscal year 2002-03 they were able to contributed $1 billion to public education, for three consecutive years and are on course to achieving this accomplishment for the fourth consecutive year.

Winners’ Summary

Sela Schaumkel Antioch $50,000
Jose Almaraz Whittier $25,000
Gregory Probst Citrus Heights $10,000
Lai Low San Francisco $10,000
Other Aces High Contestants   $22,500
  TOTAL $117,500

How to play “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine”
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.

How to play “Aces High”
“Aces High” replaced “California Gold” and is the newest game on “The Big Spin®” show.  Ten “Aces High” contestants will either win a dollar amount ranging from $1,750 to $4,000 or get one of two “Ace” cards.  The two contestants who end up with an “Ace” card advance to the second round.  The object of the second round is to get a better hand than the opponent, the best hand being four of a kind.  The contestant with the lower hand wins $5,000 and the contestant with the higher hand goes on to spin the wheel, for a chance to win $3 million!

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