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February 6, 2004

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February, 2004 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO – Twelve California Lottery players from across the state won a total of $172,500 on “The Big Spin®” show that aired Saturday, February 7, 2004.

Keith Andorfer from Bellflower wins $70,000 in Keith Andorfer, a casino employee from Bellflower, won $70,000 and was the only contestant on this week's show to play "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine."  Andorfer, who purchased his ticket at Caesar's Liquor in Bellflower, said, "I plan to help out my family and travel to the Canadian Rockies with my winnings."

Jose Talavera
from Huntington Beach and Enrique Ruiz of Modesto were the two winners in the first round of "Aces High." In round two, Talavera won a chance to spin the wheel, while Ruiz won $5,000. Talavera, who bought his Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at 7-Eleven in Fountain Valley, spun the wheel for $40,000.  Talavera said, "I'm going to use my prize money to buy a nice truck."

Guadalupe Magallanes
from Valley Village purchased his Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at Cigarettes for Less in Temple City and found Spin-Spin-Spin when he scratched it.  “I plan to buy a house with my winnings,” he said.  After spinning the largest lottery wheel in the world, Magallanes had $40,000 to go towards a down payment on a home.

Winner’s Summary:                

Keith Andorfer Bellflower $70,000
Jose Talavera Huntington Beach $40,000
Guadalupe Magallanes Valley Village $40,000
Other Aces High Contestants $22,500
   TOTAL  $172,500

How to play “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine”:
Contestants on the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” game have up to five chances to launch a ball into one of the five bins in the pinball-type game.  Each bin represents a cash amount.  Prizes are cumulative, but only one ball may land in each bin to claim the prize amount.  Contestants appearing on this segment qualify by mailing an entry form to the Lottery after purchasing $5 of Fantasy 5 games on one playslip.

How to play “Aces High”:

“Aces High” replaced “California Gold” and is the newest game on “The Big Spin®” show.  Ten “Aces High” contestants will either win a dollar amount ranging from $1,750 to $4,000 or get one of two “Ace” cards.  The two contestants who end up with an “Ace” card advance to the second round.  The object of the second round is to get a better hand than the opponent, the best hand being four of a kind.  The contestant with the lower hand wins $5,000 and the contestant with the higher hand goes on to spin the wheel, for a chance to win $3 million!

Exceeding its mandate to provide 34% of Lottery revenues to public education, in Fiscal Year 2002/2003, the California Lottery contributed $1 billion to public schools, for a third consecutive year.
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