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October 18, 2002

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October, 2002 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, October 19, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $150,000.

The Fantasy 5 contestant appearing on this week's show is Howard Myers, a retiree from Moreno Valley. Myers wins $85,000. Myers bought his winning ticket at 7-Eleven in Moreno Valley. 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.

"Weekly Payday Raceway" contestant, Maria Iglesias, an office clerk from Rosemead, will progress to the final round of play for a chance to win $2,000 a week for 20 years; winning a total grand prize of over $2 million. Iglesias purchased her lucky ticket at Doug's Liquor in Rosemead. On this week's show, six contestants competed in the first preliminary round of the game moving simulated racecars along a racetrack. Of the six, one contestant, Iglesias, moved on to the final round of play. Other "Weekly Payday Raceway" contestants won a combined total of $17,500 with prizes ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.

Roberto Esquivel
Roberto Esquivel

The contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Roberto Esquivel from South Gate, who wins $25,000. "I will pay off bills with my winnings," said Esquivel. Esquivel purchased his lucky ticket at South Gate Shell in South Gate. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Manuel Leos, a school bus driver from Watsonville, who wins $5,000.

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.


Howard Myers Moreno Valley $85,000
Roberto Esquivel South Gate $25,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
Other Weekly Payday Raceway Contestants   $17,500
TOTAL      $150,000
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