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January 3, 2003

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January, 2003 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win $367,500 on The Big Spin® Show


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, January 4, 2003, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $367,500.

Assemblymember Bruce McPherson presented Berna Maya with the California Lottery's Exceptional Educator Award on "The Big Spin" show. Assemblymember McPherson explains, "Berna is a teacher who's truly making a difference in the lives of students in the Salinas Union High School District. Over the past six years, Berna has spearheaded the "Health Occupations" program at Salinas Mission Trails."

Berna Maya goes beyond introducing medical career possibilities to students. She brings the world of medicine to the students through guest speakers and an unparalleled two-week job-shadowing program at local hospitals and medical centers. McPherson concluded, "Berna, for going the extra mile to ensure the success of your students, it is my pleasure to proclaim you an Exceptional Educator."

Frederick Fritz
Frederick Fritz

Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestants win a total of $270,000 on this week's show. The first contestant appearing on this week's show is Frederick Fritz, a retiree from Bloomington. Fritz wins $75,000 and he explained his plans for the money, "I will buy a house." Fritz bought his lucky ticket at Sav A Minit Market in Bloomington. The second contestant is Michael Costello, a retiree from Orange, who wins $70,000. He plans to make repairs to his home and buy a truck with his winnings. Costello bought his ticket at Chapman College Gas & Food in Orange.

Jim Trujillo
Jim Trujillo

Next up at the Dream Machine is Jim Trujillo, a supermarket employee from Alta Loma. Trujillo wins $65,000 and said, "I will buy a house with my winnings." Trujillo purchased his ticket at 7-Eleven in Alta Loma. The final Dream Machine contestant on this week's show is Helena Carlin, a homemaker from Encino. Carlin wins $60,000 and plans to go to Las Vegas and pay off bills with her winnings. Carlin purchased her ticket at Encino Park Liquor in Encino.

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.

Sherrie Aguilar
Sherrie Aguilar

This week's finalist at the California Gold game is Sherrie Aguilar, an insurance underwriter from Bay Point, who wins $75,000. "I plan to use this money to buy a house and go on a cruise," said Aguilar. Aguilar purchased her ticket at Safeway in Concord. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Michael Kerr, an aerospace contractor from San Jose, who wins $5,000.

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.

The California Lottery® sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 retail outlets statewide. The Lottery provides 52 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.7 percent to public schools and 13.3 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.8 percent for retailer commissions. Since 1985, the Lottery has raised more than $14 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.


Frederick Fritz Bloomington $75,000
Sherrie Aguilar Bay Point $75,000
Michael Costello Orange $70,000
Jim Trujillo Alta Loma $65,000
Helena Carlin Encino $60,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
TOTAL      $367,500
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