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April 30, 2004

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April, 2004 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $200,000


SACRAMENTO – Contestants were pleased to have won a total of $227,500 during this weekend’s “The Big Spin®” show.

The first player at the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” was Nick Salyer, a retiree from Riverside, who was overjoyed to win $75,000.  Salyer purchased his ticket at Big K in Riverside.  Salyer plans to share the windfall with his family.  The second player to step up to the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” was Liz Brower from Riverside who won $55,000.  Brower, who bought her ticket at Victoria Liquor in Riverside, plans to take a vacation to Hawaii.  Finishing the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” lucky streak was Bernard Gross of San Mateo.   Gross, who bought his ticket at Centerwood Liquor in San Mateo, won $50,000 in prize money and plans to invest his winnings.

Patty Nilrangsri from Van Nuys and Mildred Atkins of Los Angeles were the two finalists in the “Aces High” segment of the show.  In round two, Atkins won a chance to spin the wheel, while Nilrangsri won $5,000.  Atkins, who bought her Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at King Donuts in San Bernardino, spun the wheel for $25,000.  Atkins said, “I’m going to use my prize money to help my church and to buy a car for my daughter.”

The California Lottery is pleased to announce that in fiscal year 2002-03 it was able to contribute $1 billion to public education, for the third consecutive year and is on course to achieve this accomplishment for the fourth consecutive year.

Winner’s Summary

Nick Salyer Riverside $75,000
Liz Brower Riverside $55,000
Bernard Gross San Mateo $50,000
Mildred Atkins Los Angeles $25,000
Other Aces High Contestants   $22,500
  TOTAL $227,500

How to play “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine”
Contestants on the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” game have up to five chances to launch a ball into one of the five bins in the pinball-type game.  Each bin represents a cash amount.  Prizes are cumulative, but only one ball may land in each bin to claim the prize amount.  Contestants appearing on this segment qualify by mailing an entry form to the Lottery after purchasing $5 of Fantasy 5 games on one playslip.

How to play “Aces High”
“Aces High” replaced “California Gold” and is the newest game on “The Big Spin®” show.  Ten “Aces High” contestants will either win a dollar amount ranging from $1,750 to $4,000 or get one of two “Ace” cards.  The two contestants who end up with an “Ace” card advance to the second round.  The object of the second round is to get a better hand than the opponent, the best hand being four of a kind.  The contestant with the lower hand wins $5,000 and the contestant with the higher hand goes on to spin the wheel, for a chance to win $3 million!

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