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December 29, 2001

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December, 2001 | Winners Stories | Northern California



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, December 29, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $337,500.

Assemblymember Kevin Shelley presented Sheila Quintana, a teacher in the Oakland Unified School District, with the Exceptional Educator Award. According to Shelley, "Sheila is a teacher who is truly making a difference in the lives of students in the Oakland Unified School District." For more than 7 years, Ms. Quintana's devotion to her students has gone beyond the classroom. Shelley continued, "Realizing the special needs of at-risk students in the district, Sheila formed the Best Professional Practices Program and the Skyline Educational Academy. After school and on weekends, the Best Practices Program focuses on developing the educator, leadership and teaching skills to most effectively increase student achievement. The Educational Academy is an intensive academy program, which exposes students to careers in education while preparing students for college. For your efforts I making sure students in Oakland receive the education they need to move ahead in higher learning, it is my privilege to proclaim you as an Exceptional Educator." Upon receiving the award, Quintana replied, "Thank you so much, I appreciate this and it is such an honor. I'm overwhelmed by it but I'm accepting it on behalf of all the teachers and students in the city of Oakland."

This week's finalist at the California Gold game was Roberta Camara, a medical worker from Modesto, who won $120,000. Camara plans to pay off some bills and take her husband on a vacation to Hawaii. Camara's first spin landed in the "TRIPLE" spoke and her second spin landed in the "$40,000" spoke, making her grand total $120,000. 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.

Fantasy 5 contestants won $145,000 on this week's show. Stephen Cubach, an electronic mechanic assembler from Chatsworth won $90,000. Cubach plans to "Pay off some bills, and maybe buy a new truck," with his prize. Next up at the Fantasy 5 Dream Machine was Gwen Cooper, a food clerk from Antioch who won $55,000. Cooper wants to, "Put some money away for her daughter's college education and invest in real estate with the remainder," of her 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.

Sandra Martinez, a receptionist from Long Beach won $50,000. Martinez explained that the ticket was a gift from her dad and she plans on, "Buying a family car for my entire family." Martinez bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® tickets which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket, that ticket entitled her to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

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.

Roberta Camara Modesto $120,000
Stephen Cubach Chatsworth $90,000
Gwen Cooper Antioch $55,000
Sandra Martinez Long Beach $50,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
  TOTAL $337,500
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