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December 9, 2000

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December, 2000 | Winners Stories

Fantasy 5TM Dream Machine Contestants Dominate The Big Spin® 2000 Show


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, December 9, 2000, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $207,500.

Four Fantasy 5TM Dream Machine contestants won big on this week's show. James Williams of Los Angeles was the top winner taking home $60,000. "I can't believe this!" Charles Buchanan was a proxy for San Jose resident Yolanda Yee Buchanan. Buchanan won $45,000. Antonio Cuen of Moreno won $40,000 and Culver City resident James Victor won $10,000. All the contestants were extremely excited about their Big Spin 2000 appearance and their newfound wealth.

Angel Martinez of Long Beach was this week's top California Gold winner who won $30,000. Other California Gold contestants won a combined total of $22,500.

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.

James Williams Los Angeles $ 60,000
Yolanda Buchanan San Jose $ 45,000
Antonio Cuen Moreno Valley $ 40,000
Angel Martinez Long Beach $ 30,000
James Victor Culver City $ 10,000
Other California Gold winners   $ 45,000
  TOTAL $230,000
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