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January 12, 2002

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January, 2002 | Winners Stories

Californians Win $202,500 on the "THE BIG SPIN® Show"


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, January 12, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $202,500.

A Long Beach Rotary Club member, Mr. Robert Bowden, was awarded the California Lottery's "Hero in Education" Award. Mr. Bowden, retired from the insurance industry, has for eight years recruited more than 100 volunteers to help out Long Beach students in grades K-3 with their reading skills. Mr. Bowden has spent time managing, publicizing, recruiting volunteers, developing training and reading to children. Mr. Bowden has recruited over 100,000 volunteers and has scouted for book donations. He has been successful in receiving more than 25,000 books for students in 60 elementary schools giving students the opportunity to develop the full wonder of reading. Mr. Bowden was presented the award by broadcasting legend Gary Owens. Mr. Owens was the first radio star to be inducted into the Hollywood Hall of Fame and has been featured in over 12,000 radio programs and various shows including Roger Ramjet, Felix the Cat, the Gong Show and is most notable for Rowan and Martin's Laugh In. Owens will be featured in four upcoming Hollywood movies.

The Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show was Frederico Alvarez, a farmworker from Sanger who won $40,000. Alvarez plans to pay-off bills and buy a new truck. Alvarez was thrilled to win his prize and came to the show with various family members. Alvarez bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on the ticket that entitled him to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

This week's finalist at the California Gold game was Man Pham, resident of San Jose, who won $50,000. 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, Man Pham, went to "The Big Spin" prize wheel, while the other contestant Thana Farhit won $5,000.

The Fantasy 5 contestant on this week's show was Steve Nakanishi, a proxy and son of winner Anna Nakanishi of Santa Ana, who won $90,000 on the Fantasy 5 Dream Machine. Mrs. Nakanishi plans to spend the prize on her grandchildren. 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 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.

Frederico Alvarez Sanger $40,000
Anna Nakanishi Santa Ana $90,000
Man T. Pham San Jose $50,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
  TOTAL $202,500
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