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March 27, 2010

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March, 2010 | Winners Stories

Northern Californians Score Big on this Week’s “Make Me a Millionaire”


Caron CunananSACRAMENTO - "Make Me a Millionaire," the California Lottery’s TV game show, awarded 12 lucky contestants a total of $167,000 in cash and prizes on this week’s show.

This week’s episode awarded two of the three Lucky Penny contestants with the cash equivalent of a new car. Carol Cunanan from San Bruno said she would use the money she won to pay off her own car and possibly donate to a few of her favorite charities like SPCA, Paralyzed Veterans and St. Jude’s Hospital.  Shirley Burke was undecided on how she would spend her prize money.

The big winner of the afternoon was Sandra Barnes of Eureka who played the Safe Cracker game and walked away with $44,000. She explained how she would spend her prize, “I’ll probably just save it, I won’t buy anything extravagant.”

With the “Make Me a Millionaire” progressive jackpot increasing $200,000 each week, next week’s Millionaire game contestant will have a chance to win $2 million.

Here is a list of this week’s big winners:

Name Game City Amount
Sandra Barnes Safe Cracker Eureka $44,000
Carol Cunanan Lucky Penny San Bruno $30,000
Shirley Burks Lucky Penny Fremont $30,000

The California Lottery believes in creating a better, more sustainable environment for future generations, which is why all cars given away on “Make Me a Millionaire” are fuel efficient and use clean innovative technologies. All new car winners on this week’s episode won a Chevy Malibu or the cash equivalent of the vehicle.

For more information about “Make Me a Millionaire,” visit For high resolution photos, please contact (916) 324-9639 or e-mail

The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. More than 95 cents of every Lottery dollar is returned to the community in the form of contributions to education, prizes and retail commissions. The Lottery contributes at least 34 cents of every dollar that players spend on Lottery products to public education and returns more than 50 percent of sales to players in the form of prizes. Since the Lottery’s inception in 1985, Lottery players have contributed nearly $22 billion to California schools out of total sales of more than $59 billion. Retailers benefit too, earning $3.8 billion in compensation since 1985.


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