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April 5, 2002

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April, 2002 | Supporting Education | Southern California



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, April 6, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $242,500. Actress Beth Broderick presented Edwin Galan with the California Lottery's Hero in Education Award. Galan is a math teacher at Belmont High School in central Los Angeles. Galan has been volunteering after school specifically at Belmont High School every day for over 10 years. He has been sharing his love of music with Belmont High's marching band. He provides free music education to these students, helping them grow from beginning level musicians into competitive-level performers. He does all of this because he too was a student at Belmont High School, and this is his way of giving back to his school and his community. Beth Broderick is an accomplished writer, director and actress who has starred in several television shows including The Five Mrs. Buchanans and Hearts of Fire. She has been on the big screen in such blockbusters as Bonfire of the Vanities and Fools Rush In. She is best known for her role as Aunt Zelda from the hit television show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. The contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Sam Truong, a sales manager from Garden Grove, who wins $25,000. "I would like to use this money on my kids' educations. I would also like to take a trip to New York," said Truong. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Bertha Bussey, a retiree 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 Fantasy 5 contestant appearing on this week's show is Eli Bryant Sr., a postal supervisor from Fremont. Bryant wins $75,000 and he explained his plans for this money, "I plan to use the money towards my retirement." 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 lone Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Larry Cheatham, a handyman from Stockton who wins $120,000. Cheatham explained, "I plan to use the money towards the purchase of a home."

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.


Larry Cheatham Stockton $120,000
Eli Bryant, Sr. Fremont $75,000
Sam Truong Garden Grove $25,000
Other California Gold Contestants $22,500
TOTAL      $242,500

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