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October 31, 2003

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October, 2003 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win a Total of $265,000 on "The Big Spin®" Show


SACRAMENTO -- The California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" Show airs every Saturday in 12 television markets statewide. A total of $265,000 was won by contestants who appeared on the show airing Saturday, November 1, 2003.

The first contestant to win a chance at the big wheel on this week's show was David Clark, a truck driver from Los Angeles. Clark spun the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round and won $100,000! Clark who bought his lucky ticket at Wis Mobile Service in Los Angeles said, "I'm going to share my prize money with my twin daughters." The second runner-up from the California Gold round was Ferry Sihombing, a shipping clerk from Loma Linda who won $5,000.

The second contestant that made it to the big wheel from the California Gold game was Julio Rodriguez, a tow truck driver from San Francisco, who won $75,000. Rodriguez who bought his lucky ticket at Quick Pick Market in Daly City said, "I'm going to buy a house with my winnings." The second runner-up from this California Gold round was Rosario Mejorado, a customer service representative from San Fernando, 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.

The "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant appearing on this week's show was Joseph Serafino, a retiree from Long Beach who won $45,000! Serafino, who purchased his ticket at Lina's Donuts in Long Beach, said, "I plan to use my winnings for my 58-year wedding anniversary and to travel to Hawaii." 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 California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 retail locations statewide. During Fiscal Year 2001/2002, the Lottery provided 51.9 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.9 percent to public schools and 13.2 percent for administrative expenses, which included 6.8 percent for retailer commissions. In Fiscal Year 2002/2003, the California Lottery contributed $1 billion to public schools, for a third consecutive year. 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.


David Clark Los Angeles $100,000
Julio Rodriguez San Francisco $75,000
Joseph Serafino Long Beach $45,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $45,000
TOTAL      $265,000

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