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May 14, 2005

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May, 2005 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win a Total of $290,000 on “The Big Spin®” Show


John AndreSACRAMENTO – Twenty-one California Lottery players from across the state combined their luck to win $280,000 on “The Big Spin®” show that aired Saturday, May 14, 2005.

From the first group of contestants to play “Aces High,” John Andre from San Clemente won the opportunity to spin the wheel.  Andre, a delivery truck driver, spun the wheel for $100,000 and said, “I was very excited when I found out I was coming to the show!”  Andre plans to buy a Harley Davidson motorcycle with his winnings.  Andre purchased his Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at Dads Liquor & Deli in San Clemente. 

When ten more “Aces High” contestants competed, Earl Couey, a retiree from Santa Rosa emerged victorious with an opportunity to spin the wheel.  Couey, who bought his Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at Stony Point Liquor in Santa Rosa, spun the wheel for $90,000 and said, “It was a nice experience that my family and I shared!  Therefore; I’m sharing my winnings with them.”Zandy Cabrera

The first player to challenge the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” was George Stewart, Jr., a retiree from San Francisco.   Stewart plays Fantasy 5 at a New Lite Market in San Francisco.  “My family and I had fun and I hope to return to the show,” he said after winning $30,000.  Stewart plans to make home improvements with his winnings.

Finishing the show was a “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” contestant, Zandy Cabrera, a nurse from San Diego.   Ms. Cabrera, who won $25,000, bought her ticket at Carnival Supermarket in National City, and plans to invest her winnings towards her retirement.

Name City Amount
John Andre San Clemente $100,000
Earl Couey Santa Rosa $90,000
George Stewart, Jr. San Francisco $30,000
Zandy Cabrera San Diego $25,000
Other Aces High Contestants   $40,000
  TOTAL $267,500


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