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November 10, 2001

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November, 2001 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, November 10, 2001, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $402,500.

The finalist on the California Gold game this week was Shaun Ponce, a resident of Los Angeles who won $100,000. Ponce was accompanied by his family to the show. He plans to get out of debt and buy a house for his family with his prize. California Gold is another way to get to the wheel on "The Big Spin". 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 Dream Machine contestants won a total of $205,000 on this week's show. First up was Sandra Bogan, a typist/clerk from Los Angeles who won $90,000. Bogan plans to invest, buy a house and also to use her prize to start her own real estate consulting business. Next up was Rich Picard, a student from Riverside who also won $90,000. Picard was asked what he plans to do with his prize and he replied, "I need a new car and I'd like to do a little investing, or a lot of investing, depending on how much money I have left over." The final Fantasy 5 contestant was Timothy Choice, a Los Angeles Unified School District Plant Manager from Los Angeles. Choice won $25,000 and plans to, "Use the prize on a down payment for a house and definitely have some fun!" At the Fantasy 5 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 sole Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show was Karla Collantes, a general merchandise clerk and Stewards Flight student from Whittier who won $75,000. She plans to use the prize as start-up money to build her own custom home. Collantes 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.

Shaun Ponce Los Angeles $100,000
Sandra Bogan Los Angeles $90,000
Rich Picard Riverside $90,000
Karla Collantes Whittier $75,000
Timothy Choice Los Angeles $25,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
  TOTAL $402,500
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