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February 20, 2004

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February, 2004 | Winners Stories

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $130,000


SACRAMENTO – California Lottery players from across the state won a total of $137,500 on “The Big Spin®” show that aired Saturday, February 21, 2004.

Joyce Williams from Sacramento wins $65,000 playing Joyce Williams
, a retiree from Sacramento, won $65,000 playing the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine.”   Williams, who purchased her ticket at R. C. Food Mart in Sacramento, said, “I plan to go shopping at Nordstrom’s with my winnings.”  Ophelia Martin, a retiree from San Bernardino was next to challenge the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine,” and won a $10,000 prize.  Martin, who bought her ticket at Good Spirit Liquor in San Bernardino, told interviewers, “I’m going to help my family with my prize money.”  Paul Marcinik, a retiree from Camarillo ended his turn at the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” with a $10,000 prize.  Marcinik bought his ticket at Woodside Deli & Market in Camarillo and told Lottery staff, “I’m going to use my prize money to pay off bills.” 

David Hoehn of Highland spins the wheel to win $30,000Norma Borja
from San Francisco and David Hoehn of Highland “Came up Aces” in the first round of “Aces High.”  In round two, Hoehn won a chance to spin the wheel, while Borja won $5,000.  Hoehn, who bought his Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at Jug Jigger Liquor in San Bernardino, spun the wheel for $30,000.  He told Lottery staff, “I’m going to use my prize money for home improvements and for my daughter’s college education.”

“The Big Spin®” show is just one of the many entertainment choices the California Lottery offers that ends up paying big to players and ultimately to California’s public schools.  For a third consecutive year, the Lottery has contributed $1 billion to public education.

Winner’s Summary

Name City Amount
Joyce Williams Sacramento $65,000
David Hoehn Highland $30,000
Ophelia Martin San Bernardino $10,000
Paul Marcinik Camarillo $10,000
Other Aces High Contestants   $22,500
  TOTAL $137,500

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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