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April 27, 2002

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April, 2002 | Winners Stories | Southern California



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, April 27, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $1,197,500.

The contestant that won a chance at the wheel was Martha Long, a CEO of a corporation from San Clemente, who won $1 million on this week's show. Before her win, Long never played the Lottery. Long explains, "My son Nick, who just turned 18, had gotten into Scratchers® tickets, so he bought 30 and the last one won a slot on the TV show." She adds, "Nick could have gone himself but he gave it to me for Christmas as a stocking stuffer." Long plans share her winnings with her family.

California Gold is one 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.

Grace Silva, a licensed vocational nurse from Calabasas was the first contestant at the Dream Machine. When asked what he wants to do with his prize, Villegas explained, "I plan to pay off bills and buy a car." Silva won $85,000. Next, was Angel Ignacio, a retiree from South San Francisco who won $70,000, and plans to do house improvements with his winnings. The last contestant playing the Dream Machine this week was Michelle Dominici, an estimator from Woodside. In regard to her winnings, Dominici says, "I'm going to take my friends for a fantastic night out on the town." 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 $12 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.


Martha Long San Clemente $1,000,000
Grace Silva Calabasas $85,000
Angel Ignacio South San Francisco $70,000
Michelle Dominici Woodside $20,000
Other California Gold Contestants $22,500
TOTAL      $1,197,500
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