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May 9, 2003

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May, 2003 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win $187,500 on "The Big Spin®" Show


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, May 10, 2003, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $187,500.

Anne McClellan
Anne McClellan

This week's finalist at the California Gold game was Anne McClellan, a bank employee from San Francisco who won $75,000. McClellan said, "I'm going to use this money for my grandson's education and to travel." McClellan bought her lucky ticket at Liquor Locker in San Francisco. The second runner-up from the California Gold round was Robert Nava, a gardener from San Jose who won $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 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.

Jaffari Asghar
Jaffari Asghar

The Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show was Jaffari Asghar, a businessman from San Jose who won $60,000. Asghar explained, "I plan to take a vacation with this money and share it with my family." Asghar purchased his lucky ticket at The Wine Rack Cahalan in San Jose. Asghar bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket, making Asghar eligible to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

Fantasy 5 contestants won a total of $30,000 on this week's show. The first Fantasy 5 contestant was Horacio Mole, a design engineer from Torrance who won $20,000. Mole said, "I plan to pay bills with this money visit my family in Argentina." Mole purchased his ticket at 186th Street Market in Gardena. Next up at the Dream Machine was Rafael Portillo, a machine operator from Fontana who won $10,000. Portillo plans to take a vacation with his winnings. Portillo bought his ticket at Cherry Liquor in Fontana.

Dream Machine players have up to five chances to launch a ball 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 California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 retail locations statewide. The Lottery provides 51.9 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.9 percent to public schools and 13.2 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.8 percent for retailer commissions. Since 1985, the Lottery has raised more than $14 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.


Anne McClellan San Francisco $75,000
Jaffari Asghar San Jose $60,000
Horacio Mole Torrance $20,000
Rafael Portillo Fontana $10,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
TOTAL      $187,500
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