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January 20, 2001

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January, 2001 | Winners Stories

San Leandro Resident Wins $100,000 On "Big Spin® 2000" Show


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, January 20, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $167,500.

After winning $25,000, SPIN-SPIN-SPIN contestant Loy Blahofski of Sun Valley said, "I want to take my 94 year old Grandpa to Texas to visit family." Blahofski bought a "Big Spin 2000" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket, that ticket entitled him to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

"The children are our future and they need our help," said Fantasy 5TM contestant George Honneyman of Mira Loma. Honneyman won $10,000 playing the Fantasy 5 Dream Machine and plans to donate part of his prize money to his wife's favorite organization, "Feed the Children." Fantasy 5 contestant Mai Nguyen, a draftsman from San Diego, plans to put his $10,000 prize money towards his retirement.

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.

California Gold contestant Patricia Woltersdorf of San Leandro won $100,000 and said, "I'm going to help my children and grandchildren." Other California Gold contestants won a combined total of $22,500. California Gold is one way to get to the wheel on "Big Spin 2000". 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 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 2000 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 52.5 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34 percent to public schools and 14 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.8 percent for retailer commissions. Since 1985, the Lottery has raised more than $12 billion for public schools. The California Lottery's contribution equals approximately 2 percent of the state's total education budget. "Big Spin® 2000" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.

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