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July 27, 2002

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July, 2002 | Supporting Education | Northern California

Actor Gary Anthony Williams Presents California Lottery's Hero in Education Award to Kathy Burrow


SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, July 27, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $167,500. Actor Gary Anthony Williams presented Kathy Burrow with the California Lottery's Hero in Education Award. Burrow is a parent volunteer from Bass Lake.

For the past 20 years, Burrow has volunteered both in and out of the classrooms. She has held virtually every PTA office possible. When school funds have run dry, Burrow has organized numerous fundraising events, including bake sales and pizza parties in an effort to make sure Bass Lake Students have the best tools possible.

Burrow's dedication to these kids was even more evident when she personally saw to it that Bass Lake Elementary's old book-housing area was replaced with a brand new school library. She created bookshelves, a coded library system, and made sure that the old out-dated books were replaced with new revelant ones the kids could enjoy.

Burrow also encouraged students to enter a reading competition through the "California Reads" program. Under her guidance, the students read enough pages to earn their school a $5,000 grant.

Gary Anthony Williams is a comic actor who co-starred opposite Eddie Griffin in this summer's blockbuster comedy Undercover Brother. Williams is best known as Abe Kenarban on the hit television show Malcolm in the Middle.

The Fantasy 5 contestant appearing on this week's show is Woon Sloan, a business owner from Long Beach. Sloan wins $65,000 and she explained her plans for this money, "I plan to use it for my grandchildren's college fund and take a trip to Disneyworld." Sloan bought her winning ticket at Lina's Donuts in Long Beach.

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.

The contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Joann Lujan, a state worker from Sacramento, who wins $60,000. "I plan to buy a car with my winnings." Lujan purchased her lucky ticket at Calvine 76 in Elk Grove. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Lupe Barragan, a counselor from Hollister, 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 lone Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Edwin Rivera Ramirez, a painter from Los Angeles who wins $20,000. Ramirez explained, "I plan to use the money to buy a home." Ramirez purchased his ticket at El Gallerito Market in Los Angeles.

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 Spinâ" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.


Woon Sloan Long Beach $65,000
Joann Lujan Sacramento $60,000
Edwin Rivera Ramirez Downey $20,000
Other California Gold Contestants $22,500
TOTAL      $167,500
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