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September 19, 2003

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September, 2003 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win a Total of $157,500 on "The Big Spin®" Show


SACRAMENTO -- The California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs every Saturday in 12 television markets statewide. A total of $157,500 was won by contestants who appeared on the show airing Saturday, September 20, 2003.

Bernice Osburn
Bernice Osburn

The contestant that won a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round was Bernice Osburn, a lead clerk from Paradise who won $60,000. Osburn, who bought her lucky ticket at Valley Convenience Mart in Martinez, commented, "I'm going to use my prize money for a down payment on a home." The second runner-up from the California Gold round was Elsie Ring, a retiree from Sacramento who won $5,000.

Erick Luoma
Erick Luoma

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 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 find 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 "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant appearing on this week's show was Erick Luoma, a retiree from Santa Rosa who won $55,000. Luoma, who purchased his ticket at G & G Supermarket in Santa Rosa, said, "I plan to take trips to Hawaii and Lake Tahoe with my winnings." 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.

The Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show was Paul Arneson, a mechanic from Pittsburg who won $20,000. Arneson, who bought his lucky ticket at Delta Bowl in Antioch, remarked, "I plan to take a vacation to Hawaii with this money." Arneson bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket. That lucky ticket entitled Arneson to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

The California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 retail locations statewide. During Fiscal Year 2001/2002, the Lottery provided 51.9 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.9 percent to public schools and 13.2 percent for administrative expenses, which included 6.8 percent for retailer commissions. In 2002 the California Lottery contributed $1 billion to public schools. The Lottery's contribution equals approximately 2 percent of the State's total education budget. "The Big Spin®" television show is the longest running lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.


Bernice Osburn Paradise $60,000
Erick Luoma Santa Rosa $55,000
Paul Arneson Pittsburgh $20,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
TOTAL      $157,500
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