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April 13, 2002

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April, 2002 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, April 13, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $277,500.

One of 10 contestants wins a chance to spin the big wheel on this week's show. Amalia Marcelo wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round. Marcelo, an administrative assistant from Hollywood wins $50,000. "I want to use this money for a down payment on a house," said Marcelo. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Douglas Bishop from Bakersfield, who wins $5,000.

California Gold is one 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.

The first contestant appearing on this week's show is Sheila Reed, a demonstrator from Anaheim. Reed, who wins $30,000, said, "I want to help my church and go on a cruise." Next up at the Dream Machine is Sam Lowe, a process server from Vacaville, who wins $75,000. "I plan to put down a nice amount on a home," explains Lowe after his win. The last Dream Machine contestant is Gloria Fuentes, a nursing assistant from Santa Monica, who wins $100,000. "I plan to divide the money in three ways for my childrens' educations, to buy a house, and to pay bills," said Fuentes. 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.

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.


Gloria Fuentes Santa Monica $100,000
Sam Lowe Vacaville $75,000
Amalia Marcelo Hollywood $50,000
Sheila Reed Anaheim $30,000
Other California Gold Contestants $22,500
TOTAL      $277,500
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