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January 5, 2002

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January, 2002 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, January 5, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $1,180,000.

This week's first finalist at the California Gold game was Harry Costan, a retiree from Sacramento, who won $1,000,000. Costan plans to "Take my wife of two months on a honeymoon to somewhere sunny and buy myself a brand new black Corvette." The next finalist was Vera Reveles, a housewife from Winnetka who won $50,000. Reveles wants to take a trip to Laughlin, Nevada with her husband. California Gold is another way to get to the wheel on "The Big Spin". The game starts with 10 contestants whose Big Spin Scratchers® tickets 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 Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestant was Samuel Horton, an engineer from Costa Mesa who won $85,000. Horton plans to "take a trip to Spain and buy a guitar," with his prize. At the Fantasy 5 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 Spin®" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.

Harry Costan Sacramento $1,000,000
Samuel Horton Costa Mesa $85,000
Vera Reveles Winnetka $50,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $45,000
  TOTAL $1,180,000
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