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June 28, 2002

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June, 2002 | Supporting Education | Northern California



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, June 29, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $187,500.

Actress Christina Pickles presented Steve Patane with the California Lottery's Hero in Education Award. Patane is a math and science teacher at Westborough Middle School in South San Francisco.

Nine years ago, Patane taught stock market classes. When the school could no longer offer these classes, Patane began volunteering his time during lunch and after school helping students really understand how the stock market works. Patane formed a stock market club in which he has taught hundreds of students about stock market strategies. Through this club, Patane has encouraged students to enter state and national competitions in which they are able to demonstrate their understanding of the stock market. Patane's students have had incredible success in the competitions, winning dozens of awards, including CNBC's national competition.

Miguel Nava, Jr.
Miguel Nava, Jr.

Christina Pickles is an actress who has appeared on the classic television show St. Elsewhere. In recent years she has gained some recognition on the big screen by playing the mother of Leonardo Dicaprio in Romeo and Juliet, and the mother of Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer. Most recently, Pickles has played the role of Ross and Monica's mother on the hit television show Friends.

The lone Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Miguel Nava, Jr., a salesman clerk from Victorville who wins $75,000. Nava explained, "I plan to use the money to buy a home." Nava purchased his ticket at Fast Stop Market & Deli in Victorville.

Zenon Soldevilla
Zenon Soldevilla

The Fantasy 5 contestant appearing on this week's show is Zenon Soldevilla, a mechanic from Long Beach. Soldevilla wins $60,000 and he explained his plans for this money, "I plan to buy a car and pay bills." Soldevilla bought his winning ticket at H & B Mini Mart 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.

Maria Elena Ambriz
Maria Elena Ambriz

The contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Jose Garcia, a warehouse worker from Downey, who wins $30,000. "I plan to take a nice vacation with my winnings." Cunning purchased his lucky ticket at a 7-Eleven in Downey. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Maria Elena Ambriz, a produce worker from Oxnard, 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 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.


Miguel Nava, Jr. Victorville $75,000
Zenon Soldevilla Long Beach $60,000
Jose Garcia Downey $30,000
Other California Gold Contestants $22,500
TOTAL      $187,500
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