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June 1, 2002

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June, 2002 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, June 1, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $1,107,500.

Actor Dick Van Patten presented Roseann Krane with the California Lottery's Hero in Education Award. Krane is computer programming teacher at Monte Vista High School in Danville.

For the past ten years Krane has volunteered her time by taking remarkable steps to make sure that students at Danville High have the most state of the art computer equipment available. When she saw that the school's computer science department was lacking in equipment, Krane began writing grants and encouraging her students to enter contests to win the equipment they needed. The results have been incredible. With the free computer equipment and Internet access they've been awarded, Krane and her students have furnished not just their own classroom, but also other departments within the school as well as the school library.

Dick Van Patten is an actor who has appeared on Broadway, in films and in countless television shows. He has starred in Mel Brooks movies Spaceballs, High Anxiety, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He is best known as Tom Bradford from the long running television series Eight is Enough.

Helen Cunning
Helen Cunning
The contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Helen Cunning, a crossing guard from Burbank, who wins $1 million! "I plan to take my whole family to my homeland, Scotland, to visit my relatives and celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary in December." Cunning purchased her lucky ticket at K & K Liquor in Burbank. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is David Jones, a bus operator from Los Angeles, who wins $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 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 lone Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Vongdeuane Sengmany, a shipping and receiving clerk from Oakland who wins $60,000. Sengmany explained, "I plan to use the money to payoff my mortgage." Sengmany purchased her ticket at A & A Corner Grocery in Oakland.

George Szucs
George Szucs

The Fantasy 5 contestant appearing on this week's show is George Szucs, a restaurant manager in Woodland Hills. Szucs wins $25,000 and he explained his plans for this money, "I plan give the money to my wife." Szucs bought his winning ticket at Green Jug Liquor in Woodland Hills. 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 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.7 percent to public schools and 13.3 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.8 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.


Helen Cunning Burbank $1,000,000
Vongdeuane Sengmany Oakland $60,000
George Szucs Woodland Hills $25,000
Other California Gold Contestants $22,500
TOTAL      $1,107,500
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