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October 24, 2003

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October, 2003 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win a Total of $162,500 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 $162,500 was won by contestants who appeared on the show airing Saturday, October 25, 2003.

The "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestants won a total of $70,000 on this week's show. The first "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant was Marilyn King from San Leandro who won $60,000. King, who purchased her ticket at Ernie's Wine & Liquor in Union City, said, "I plan to help out my family with my winnings." The second "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant was Gloria Conrad, a bookkeeper from Manrovia who won $10,000. Conrad, who bought her ticket at Mail Box Plus in Pasadena, expressed, "I'm going to take a vacation with my prize money."

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.

Louis Kelly
Louis Kelly

The Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show was Louis Kelly, a custodian from Mentone who won $30,000. Kelly, who bought his lucky ticket at Circle K in Mentone, said, "I plan to use this money to do home improvements and travel." Kelly bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket. That lucky ticket entitled Kelly to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

Sherri Merrick
Sherri Merrick

The contestant that won a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round was Sherri Merrick, a graphic designer from San Francisco who won $40,000. Merrick, who bought her lucky ticket at Greystone Wine & Liquor in San Francisco, commented, "I'm going to invest my prize money." The second runner-up from the California Gold round was Benjamin Stout, a metal framer from Canoga Park who won $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 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 find 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 retail locations statewide. During Fiscal Year 2001/2002, the Lottery provided 51.9 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.9 percent to public schools and 13.2 percent for administrative expenses, which included 6.8 percent for retailer commissions. In Fiscal Year 2002/2003, the California Lottery contributed $1 billion to public schools, for a third consecutive year. The Lottery's contribution equals approximately 2 percent of the State's total education budget. "The Big Spin®" television show is the longest running lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.


Marilyn King San Leandro $60,000
Sherri Merrick San Francisco $40,000
Louis Kelly Mentone $30,000
Gloria Conrad Monrovia $10,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
TOTAL      $162,500
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