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February 23, 2002

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February, 2002 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, February 23, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $392,500.

The contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Edmond Yagubyan, a police academy cadet from North Hollywood, who wins $75,000. "I'll probably take a long vacation, and with the rest of the money, I'll pay off my mortgage and buy a new car," said Yagubyan. Who would he take on the long vacation? "My wife, my sister and my brother." The second runner-up from the California Gold round is Pedro Ornelas, a resident of Pacoima, 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.

Fantasy 5 contestants win a total of $265,000 on this week's show. The Fantasy 5 contestants appearing on this week's show are Monindra Biswas, a cashier from Los Angeles. Biswas wins $80,000 and plans to, "Take care of my mom and my wife and enjoy the money." Next up is Wayne Benson, a carpenter from Carmichael. Benson wins $90,000 and wants to, "Buy a new pickup truck and maybe use the rest for a down payment on a house." The final Fantasy 5 contestant is Maxine Bilbrew, a semi-retired Los Angeles resident who helps handicapped adults. Bilbrew is no stranger to The Big Spin, she won $60,000 at the Fantasy 5 Dream Machine in July, 2000. Bilbrew wins $95,000 and wants to, "Buy SuperLotto Plus tickets with my prize." 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 only Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Brenda Segarra, a caregiver from Oakland. Segarra, who was accompained by a number of family and friends, wins $30,000 and wants to put a down payment on a home with her prize. Segarra bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket, that ticket entitled her 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 52.7 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.1 percent to public schools and 13.2 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.9 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.


Maxine Bilbrew
Los Angeles
Wayne Benson
Monindra Biswas
Los Angeles
Edmond Yagubyan
North Hollywood
Brenda Segarra
Other California Gold Contestants
TOTAL   $392,500
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