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November 24, 2001

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November, 2001 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, November 24, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $100,000.

This week's finalist at the California Gold game was Delia Cabrera, a housewife from Santa Clara who won $20,000. Cabrera plans to take her family on a vacation with her prize. California Gold is another way to get to the wheel on "The Big Spin". 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.

"Twice As Grand" contestant, Marcial Carrera, a farm worker from Buttonwillow, will progress to the final round of play for a chance to win $2,000 a week for 20 years; winning a total grand prize of over $2 million. If he wins the $2 million top prize, Carrera said, "Maybe I will quit working." On this week's show, six contestants competed in the second preliminary round of the game moving simulated racecars along a racetrack. Of the six, one contestant, Leer, moved on to the final round of play. Other "Twice As Grand" contestants won a combined total of $17,500 with prizes ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.

The lone Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show was Moises Soria, a landscaper from Northridge who won $40,000. Soria had no immediate plans for his prize. Soria bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket, that ticket entitled her to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

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

Moises Soria Northridge $40,000
Delia Cabrera Santa Clara $20,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
Other Twice As Grand Contestants   $17,500
  TOTAL $100,000
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