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January 9, 2004

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January, 2004 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win a Total of $227,500 on "The Big Spin®" Show


SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs every Saturday in 12 television markets statewide. A total of $227,500 was won by contestants who appeared on the show airing Saturday, January 10, 2004.

Frank Granicy

The Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show was Frank Granicy, a landscaper from Lancaster who won $75,000. Granicy, who purchased his ticket at Chevron in Lancaster, said, "I plan to travel to Tahiti with my winnings." Granicy bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket. That lucky ticket entitled Granicy to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

Carrie Brown

The "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant on this week's show was Carrie Brown, a cashier from Milpitas who won $70,000. Brown, who purchased her ticket at Flyer's in Fremont, said, "I plan to go on vacationing in a tropical location with my winnings." Contestants on the "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" game have up to five chances to launch a ball into one of the five bins in the pinball-type game. Each bin represents a cash amount. Prizes are cumulative, but only one ball may land in each bin to claim the prize amount. Contestants appearing on this segment qualify by mailing an entry form to the Lottery after purchasing $5 of Fantasy 5 games on one playslip.

"Aces High" is the newest game on "The Big Spin®" show, which replaced "California Gold." Similar to "California Gold," ten contestants begin the game and two of those contestants advance to the second round. "Aces High" contestants will either win a dollar amount ranging from $1,750 to $4,000 or get one of two "Ace" cards. The two contestants that end up with an "Ace" card advance to the second round. The objective of the second round is to get a better hand than the opponent, the best hand being four of a kind. The contestant with the lower hand wins $5,000 and the contestant with the higher hand goes on to spin the wheel, for a chance to win $3 million!

The contestant that won a chance to spin the prize wheel from the "Aces High" elimination round was Jonathan Nadelle, an employee of a tire company from Upland who won $60,000. Nadelle, who bought his lucky ticket at J & K AM/PM in Claremont, commented, "I'm going to use my prize money to pay my college tuition and buy a car." The second runner-up from the "Aces Round" was Fernando Ceja, a poultry plant employee from Merced who won $5,000.

Exceeding its mandate to provide 34% of Lottery revenues to public education, in Fiscal Year 2002/2003, the California Lottery contributed $1 billion to public schools, for a third consecutive year.


Frank Granicy Lancaster $ 75,000
Carrie Brown Milpitas $ 70,000
Jonathan Nadelle Upland $ 60,000
Other Aces High Contestants   $ 22,500
TOTAL      $ 227,500
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