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April 25, 2003

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April, 2003 | Winners Stories

San Diego Man Scores $2 Million on "Weekly Payday"


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, April 26, 2003, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $2,327,500.

Assemblymember Bonnie Garcia presented Chauncey Veatch, 2002 National Teacher of the Year with the California Lottery's Exceptional Educator Award on "The Big Spin" show. Assemblymember Garcia explains, "Although Chauncey has only been in the teaching profession for seven years, the contributions of this retired colonel has transformed the lives of students in Thermal, California for generations to come. His success is based on his philosophy to invite students to learn along with him. It's an invitation to participate, forming an instant partnership.

"Through these partnerships, his students' accomplishments have been breathtaking. His students have swept science and history competitions, placed first in math and art competitions, won the district's spelling bee competition three consecutive years, and his cadet corps students received top awards in the first year they were eligible." Garcia concluded, "Chauncey, for your extraordinary efforts to help your students succeed, I'm proud to proclaim you an Exceptional Educator."

Paul Kleinschmidt
Paul Kleinschmidt

"Weekly Payday Raceway" contestant Paul Kleinschmidt, a writer from San Diego, won $2 million on the "Weekly Payday Raceway" game on the "The Big Spin" show. Kleinschmidt won $2,000 a week for 20 years; winning a total grand prize of over $2 million. "I don't know how I did it. I feel very blessed," Kleinschmidt said. He plans to pay off bills, travel and open a business with his winnings. Kleinschmidt was in a daze as his family and friends joined him on stage as he showed off the oversized check for $2,080,000. Kleinschmidt purchased his lucky ticket at Cottage Liquor in San Diego. The other two contestants each won $25,000.

Gilbert Montoya
Gilbert Montoya

Fantasy 5 contestants won a total of $100,000 on this week's show. The first Fantasy 5 contestant was Gilbert Montoya, a retiree from Lockhart, Texas who won $75,000! Montoya said, "I plan to share this money with my family." Montoya purchased his ticket at Promotions Unlimited in Whittier. Next up at the Dream Machine was Carmen Corral, a purchaser from Artesia who won $25,000. Corral plans to help her family with her winnings. Corral bought her ticket at Casa de Liquor in Cerritos. 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.

This week's finalist at the California Gold game was Antoinette Lee, a retiree from Covina who won $75,000. Lee said, "I will take a vacation with my prize." Lee bought her lucky ticket at Von's Grocery in Glendora. The second runner-up from the California Gold round is Janice Palmer, a teacher from Bakersfield, who wins $5,000. California Gold is another way to get to the wheel on "The Big Spin". 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.


Paul Kleinschmidt San Diego $2,080,000
Gilbert Montoya Lockhart, Texas $75,000
Antoinette Lee Covina $75,000
Carmen Corral Artesia $25,000
Other Twice As Grand Contestants   $50,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
TOTAL      $2,327,500
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