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December 2, 2000

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December, 2000 | Winners Stories

Costa Mesa Resident Wins $105,000 and Heads for Hawaii on Big Spin® 2000 Show


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, December 2, 2000, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $280,000.

"I'm going to refurbish my hair salon business and take a vacation to Hawaii," said Costa Mesa resident Ronald Borges. Borges won $105,000 as this week's top Fantasy 5TM Dream Machine contestant. Next up at the Dream Machine was warehouseman Alfred Alvarez of Mission Hills. Alvarez said, "I'm going to spend a little and save a lot." Alvarez won $55,000 at the Dream Machine.

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.

On this week's show, two lucky California Gold contestants got their chance to spin the biggest prize wheel in the world. "I'm going on an early retirement," said Lake Elsinore resident Thomas Whitcomb. Whitcomb was one of the contestants who spun the wheel and he won $50,000. Whitcomb also plans to use his prize money to travel in a motor home. The second segment is where Jose Gonzalez of Stockton earned a spin at the wheel and won $25,000. Gonzalez said, "I'm going to put a down payment on a house." Other California Gold contestants won a combined total of $45,000.

California Gold is one way to get to the wheel on "Big Spin 2000". 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" without going over. The winner of this round goes to the Big Spin 2000 prize wheel, while the other contestant wins $5,000.

The California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 outlets statewide. The Lottery provides 52.5 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34 percent to public schools and 14 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.8 percent for retailer commissions. Since 1985, the Lottery has raised more than $12 billion for public schools. The California Lottery's contribution equals approximately 2 percent of the state's total education budget. "Big Spin® 2000" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.

Ronald Borges Costa Mesa $ 105,000
Alfred Alvarez Mission Hills $ 55,000
Thomas Whitcomb Lake Elsinore $ 50,000
Jose Gonzalez Stockton $ 25,000
Other California Gold winners   $ 45,000
  TOTAL $280,000
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