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May 17, 2002

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May, 2002 | Supporting Education

Actor Michael Gross Presents California Lottery's Hero in Education Award to Peter Fischl


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, May 18, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $102,500.

Actor Michael Gross presented Peter Fischl with the California Lottery's Hero in Education Award. Fischl is a holocaust survivor whose father was killed by Nazis when he was only 14 years old. For the past eight years, Fischl has volunteered his time, speaking to students across California about peace, compassion, sensitivity and tolerance. He is able to address these issues by drawing not only on his knowledge of history, but also on his own personal experience of dealing with prejudice, hatred and oppression. In addition, Fischl has completed a lesson plan that gives students an opportunity to discuss the issues of prejudice and violence that they face every day.

Michael Gross is an accomplished actor who has starred in the cult classic trilogy Tremors. He also plays Noah Wyle's father on the hit television show ER. He is best known from his role opposite Michael J. Fox and Meredith Baxter-Birney, as Steven Keaton on the 1980's sit-com Family Ties.

Vicky Barellano
Vicky Barellano

The contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Vicky Barellano, a full-time mother from Santa Maria, who wins $20,000. "I would like to use this money to buy a home." Barellano purchased her lucky ticket at 7-Eleven in Santa Maria. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Sybil Ivaldi, a housewife from El Dorado Hills, who wins $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 each 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" prize wheel, while the other contestant wins $5,000.

Chet Selmon
Chet Selmon

The Fantasy 5 contestant appearing on this week's show is Chet Selmon, President of Quality Dairy Farms in Madera. Selmon wins $30,000 and he explained his plans for this money, "I plan to split the money with my office manager who filled out the forms to get me here and I also plan to travel to New Jersey." Selmon bought his winning ticket at Gas N Save in Madera. 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.

Ana Anderson
Ana Anderson

The lone Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Ana Anderson, a retiree from Stockton who wins $30,000. Anderson explained, "I plan to use the money to hire a nurse to take care of my husband who is coming home from the hospital." Anderson purchased her ticket at Quick Stop Market in Stockton.

The California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 outlets statewide. The Lottery provides 52.7 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.1 percent to public schools and 13.2 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.9 percent for retailer commissions. Since 1985, the Lottery has raised more than $13 billion for public schools. The Lottery's contribution equals approximately 2 percent of the state's total education budget. "The Big Spinâ" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.


Chet Selmon Madera $30,000
Ana Anderson Stockton $30,000
Vicky Barellano Santa Maria $20,000
Other California Gold Contestants $22,500
TOTAL      $102,500
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