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August 5, 2002

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August, 2002 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win $292,500 on The Big Spin® Show


SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, August 3, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $292,500.

Ken Jackson
Ken Jackson

Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestants win a total of $180,000 on this week's show. The first Dream Machine contestant appearing on this week's show is Ken Jackson, a financial counselor from Long Beach. Jackson wins $90,000 and he explained his plans for the money, "I will pay off bills and invest." Jackson bought his lucky ticket at a Circle K in Costa Mesa. Next up at the Dream Machine is Beatryce Smock, a retiree from Mira Loma, who wins $65,000. Smock bought her ticket at Country Village Market in Mira Loma. The final Dream Machine contestant on this week's show is Shirley Hill, a retiree from Capitola. Hill wins $25,000 and plans to take a cruise with her winnings. Hill purchased her ticket at Ron's Farmhouse in Mountain View. 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.

Cynthia O'Bannon
Cynthia O'Bannon

The contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Cynthia O'Bannon, a homemaker from Mariposa, who wins $60,000. "I would like to spend this money to pay off the mortgage on our house," said O'Bannon who purchased her ticket at Pioneer Market in Mariposa. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Del Perkins, a retiree from Burney, 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 Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Bret Moore, a tile setter from Goleta who wins $30,000. Moore explained, "I plan to put this money in the bank." Murray purchased his ticket at Country Market in Santa Barbara. Moore bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers ® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket, that ticket entitled Moore to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

The California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 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 $13 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.


Ken Jackson Long Beach $90,000
Beatryce Smock Mira Loma $65,000
Cynthia O'Bannon Mariposa $60,000
Bret Moore Goleta $30,000
Shirley Hill Capitola $25,000
Other California Gold Contestants $22,500
TOTAL      $292,500
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