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July 20, 2002

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July, 2002 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win $247,500 on The Big Spin® Show


SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, July 20, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $247,500.

Christel Saxton
Christel Saxton

Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestants win a total of $95,000 on this week's show. The first Dream Machine contestant appearing on this week's show is Christel Saxton, an account clerk from Chula Vista. Saxton wins $75,000 and she explained her plans for the money, "I will travel to Germany to visit family." Saxton bought her lucky ticket at a 7-Eleven in Chula Vista. Next up at the Dream Machine is Iva Taaga, a homemaker from Ridgecrest, who wins $20,000. Taaga bought her ticket at Bill's Liquor in Ridgecrest. "I'll buy a car with this money," said Taaga. Dream Machine players have up to five chances to launch one ball

Cecil Murray
Cecil Murray
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 Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Cecil Murray, a business owner from Calimesa who wins $75,000. Murray explained, "I plan to use the money to take a trip to Canada and go fishing." Murray purchased his ticket at C & H Liquors in Yucaipa.

Manuel Montoya
Manuel Montoya

The contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Manuel Montoya, a baker from Los Angeles, who wins $30,000. "I would like to spend this money with my family," said Montoya who purchased his ticket at Occidental Liquor in Los Angeles. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Kathy Graves, a supermarket employee from Sacramento, who wins $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 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.

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, 34.7 percent to public schools and 13.3 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.8 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.


Christel Saxton Chula Vista $75,000
Cecil Murray Calimesa $75,000
Manuel Montoya Los Angeles $30,000
Iva Taaga Ridgecrest $20,000
Graceland Winners TBA $25,000
Other California Gold Contestants $22,500
TOTAL      $247,500
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