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October 27, 2001

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October, 2001 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, October 27, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $367,500.

Assemblymember Paul Koretz presented Janet Chapman, the principal of Rosewood Elementary School, with the Exceptional Educator Award. According to Koretz, "Janet is a principal who is truly making a difference in the lives of students in the lives of students in the West Hollywood area. In just 5 ½ years Janet has successfully reached out and established educational partners with many non-profit organizations in the community in order to help enrich the lives of students at Rosewood." In partnering with organizations like the National Council of Jewish Women and "Healthy West Hollywood", students continue to benefit from a restored and refurbished school library and the added health education program which focuses on nutrition, gardening, and yoga. Koretz continued, "Because of Janet's progressive stewardship and her commitment to enhance the learning experience of students at Rosewood Elementary, it is my privilege to proclaim Janet Chapman as an Exceptional Educator." When asked what type of programs she envisioned in the future, Chapman replied, "I would like to expand the music program, right now only 4th through 6th graders have music and I would like all students to have that opportunity."

Fantasy 5 contestants won a total of $270,000 on this week's show. First up was Raymond Sharon, a store manager from Big Bear City. Sharon planned to take a vacation, help his family and take his niece on a shopping spree. Sharon was accompanied by his lucky niece, who sat in the front row of the audience to witness her uncle winning $75,000. Next up was Sam Bentley, a nail technician from Sun City. Bentley was asked if she was playing for her husband and she replied, "No, he just buys the tickets and then I come on the show." Bentley won $55,000 and plans to make some home improvements with her prize, including a new driveway. The third Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestant was Dennis Baxter, a resident of San Diego. When asked what he planned to do with his prize, Baxter replied, "I have a list of things I want to do, especially buy a new car." Baxter was cheered on at the show by his brother who watched him win $65,000. The final contestant was Steven Rich, who was a proxy for his mother, Martha Rich, a registered nurse from San Diego. They plan to take a family vacation to Italy with their prize which totaled $75,000. 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 finalist on the California Gold game on this week's show was Ernest Co, a registered nurse from Carson. His wife, who is 8 ½ months pregnant, accompanied Co. Co won $75,000. 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 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 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.

Raymond Sharon Big Bear City $75,000
Martha Rich San Diego $75,000
Ernest Co Carson $75,000
Dennis Baxter San Diego $65,000
Sam Bentley Sun City $55,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
  TOTAL $367,500
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