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March 4, 2000

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March, 2000 | Winners Stories

"Big Spin 2000®" Contestants Win More Than $450,000


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, March 4, 2000 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $452,500. Beverleigh V. Doyen of Paramount and her husband of 57 years have a unique way to play the Lottery. He buys the Fantasy 5TM tickets and she sends them in. Their unique style of play won Doyen a trip to the Fantasy 5 Dream Machine where she won $90,000. Doyen hasn't decided what she will do with all of her prize money. She will however, give some to her church and daughter.

J. Wayne Janeway, a postman from Reno, Nevada said he would like to put a down payment on a house with the $65,000 he won playing the Fantasy 5 Dream Machine. Claudette Neely, a file clerk from Van Nuys, likes to play roller hockey at the local YMCA. Neely won $60,000 on the Fantasy 5 Dream Machine and plans to use her prize money as a down payment on a house. She may also buy some new skates.

"I'm going to send my kids to Disneyworld and buy a new car," said Rashonda Brown of Long Beach. Brown was this week's top High Roller contestant winning $85,000. Chris E. Lewis of San Francisco won $5,000.

California Gold contestants won a total of $97,500. After 10 years of not buying Big Spin Scratchers®, retired homemaker Charlesia Lenora of San Diego bought a winning Scratchers ticket that won her a direct trip to the Big Spin 2000 show. Once at the show, Lenora won $75,000. Lenora bought furniture for her home and plans to put a down payment on a house with the prize money she won. California Gold begins 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 the ten contestants will reveal gold nuggets and advance to the second round of play. Once there, they compete to see who can get closest to 10 units of gold 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. "I want to buy a house," said Blanca Martinez, a daycare provider from Los Angeles. Martinez won $50,000 spinning the largest prize wheel in the world.

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 percent to public schools and 14 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.8 percent for retailer commissions. Since 1985, the Lottery has raised more than $11 billion for public schools. The California Lottery's contribution equals approximately 2 percent of the state's total education budget. "Big Spin 2000" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.

Beverleigh V. Doyen Paramount $90,000
Rashonda R. Brown Long Beach $85,000
Charlesia Lenora San Diego $75,000
J. Wayne Janeway Reno, Nevada $65,000
Claudette Neely Van Nuys $60,000
Blanca D. Martinez Los Angeles $50,000
Chris E. Lewis San Francisco $5,000
Other California Gold Winners   $22,500
  TOTAL $452,500
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