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September 22, 2001

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September, 2001 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, September 22, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $272,500.

Assemblymember Herb Wesson presented Marion Collins, the principal of the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) with the Exceptional Educator Award. Through the work Principal Collins has done, LACES was ranked the highest secondary school in the district for academic performance. Furthermore, Assemblymember Wesson explained, "Of all of Principal Collins' students, 99% of them go on to higher education." Principal Collins also started a peer counseling program to assist students in their success. "For being the driving force in the continued success of students at LACES, it is my privilege to proclaim you an Exceptional Educator," declared Assemblymember Wesson. Principal Collins explained the emphasis on community service at LACES, "Colleges are looking for a lot more than high SAT scores and advanced placement classes. They want a well-rounded student who has some concern for the community and who can contribute to the world."

Firas Anabtawi, a driving instructor from Moorpark, was this week's contestant on Camelot's Riches. Anabtawi won $20,000 and plans to use his prize as a down payment on a house. Camelot's Riches is one of the California Lottery's newest ways to get to "The Big Spin" show. The game is played by pulling on King Arthur's sword, "Excalibur," which starts a set of two different colored balls racing down the ramps to the finish line. The contestant's prize is decided by which color ball crosses the finish line first. Three rounds are played and the final prize is totaled after the three rounds have ended.

Sergio Garcia Sosa, an airline worker from Santa Ana, was the lone contestant on this week's California Gold game. Garcia Sosa explained how he wants to help his family and buy a house with his prize. Garcia Sosa won $60,000. 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 goes to "The Big Spin" prize wheel, while the other contestant wins $5,000.

Dream Machine contestants won a total of $170,000 on this week's show. Lee Tankesley, a retiree from Perris was first up at the Dream Machine. Tankesley explained that he wants to get into the commodities business and start investing with his prize of $95,000. Next up at the Dream Machine was Leon Collins, a medical services person from Inglewood. Collins plans to, "Pay off my truck, pay off my house and buy a new house", with his $75,000 prize. 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 $12 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.

Lee Tankesley Perris $95,000
Leon Collins Inglewood $75,000
Sergio Garcia Sosa Santa Ana $60,000
Firas Anabtawi Moorpark $20,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
  TOTAL $272,500
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