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March 30, 2002

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March, 2002 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, March 30, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $225,000. There are two contestants that try to win a chance to spin the big wheel on this week's show. The first contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Jorge Rangel, a cook from Pomona, who wins $100,000. "I want to take my wife and travel. Maybe to Hawaii, we have never been there," said Rangel. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Sergio Duque, a construction worker from Carson, who wins $5,000. The second contestant that makes it to the big wheel from the California Gold game is Brigido Garcia, a retiree from Van Nuys who wins $60,000. When asked what he plans to do with his prize, Garcia replied, "I have to have the money before I can think about it, but whether it is $1 or $1 million, I'll be happy." The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Bill Clark, a technical buyer from Los Angeles, who wins $5,000 California Gold is another 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. The first contestant appearing on this week's show is Audrey Webb, a registered nurse Altadena. Webb wins $10,000 and he plans to, "Take a mini vacation and buy a car," with her prize. Next up at the Dream Machine is Darlene Barber, a secretary from Costa Mesa who also wins $10,000. "I plan to pay off my bills and I'm saving for a vacation, I'm going to Africa on a safari," explains Barber after her win. 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 Spinâ" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.


Jorge Rangel Pomona $100,000
Brigido Garcia Van Nuys $60,000
Audrey Webb Altadena $10,000
Darlene Barber Costa Mesa $10,000
Other California Gold Contestants $45,000
TOTAL      $225,000

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