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August 27, 2004

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August, 2004 | Winners Stories

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $190,000


SACRAMENTO – California Lottery players from across the state won a total of $192,500 on “The Big Spin®” show that aired Saturday, August 28, 2004.

lindaLinda Martinez, a medical center employee from Bakersfield, purchased her Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at Niles Fastrip in San Diego and uncovered Spin-Spin-Spin when she scratched it.  After spinning the largest lottery wheel in the world, Ms. Martinez won $75,000, and said, “It was exciting to spin the wheel but I’m more excited about going on a nice vacation with my winnings.”

araxiAraxi Mikaelian, a homemaker from San Diego, was the only contestant on this week’s show to play “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine.”  Ms. Mikaelian, who won $65,000, purchased her ticket at Junior Liquor in San Diego, and said, “This is great!  I can now finish remodeling my kitchen and travel to Armenia.”

From the “Aces High” round, Linda Thurston, an administrator for a non-profit agency from Alameda won the right to spin the wheel.  Ms. Thurston, who bought her Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at Bay Isle Wine & Spirits in Alameda, spun the wheel for $30,000!  “The whole Hollywood experience was great,” said Thurston.

Name City Amount
Linda Martinez Bakersfield $75,000
Araxi Mikaelian San Diego $65,000
Linda Thurston Alameda $30,000
Other Aces High Contestants   $22,500
  TOTAL $192,500

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