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June 19, 1999

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June, 1999 | Winners Stories

Mother and Daughter's Birthday Wish Comes True to Tune of $40,000


SACRAMENTO -- The new California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday June 19, 1999 in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a total of $312,500.

Tracy Gregrich's mother bought two tickets the day before Tracy's birthday, one for herself and one for her daughter Tracy. Gregrich, a machine operator from Hayward, said it was "...the greatest present." Gregrich's ticket revealed three "SPIN" symbols and she spun the wheel to win $40,000. Gregrich plans to take her children to Disneyland.

Christopher Rea wants a new lawn mower with a catcher and he will soon buy one, and he will even have some money left over. Rea, a computer technician from Riverside was this week's top Fantasy 5 winner. Rea dropped the Fantasy 5 Dream Machine balls to win $10,000, $30,000, $20,000, and then another $40,000 making Rea's total win $100,000! "My friends couldn't believe I won, so we're all going to watch the show on a big screen TV," said Rea.

Steven Bernhardt, a retired machine shop supervisor from Glendale also hit it big on Fantasy 5's Dream Machine. Bernhardt plans to do some home repairs and take a trip to Vegas with his $90,000 win.

California Gold's top winner this week was Maria Abreu, a beauty salon owner from Hayward. California Gold is Big Spin 2000's newly restyled way to get to the wheel. It 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 those contestants will reveal gold nuggets and advance to the second round of play. Once there, they compete to see who can get the closet to 10 units of "gold nuggets" in their mining car without going over. The winner of this round goes to the Big Spin 2000 prize wheel, while the other contestant wins $5,000. Abreu spun the largest prize wheel in the world for $60,000. Abreu said she would use the prize money to help her children buy a house, and take them around the world to see family.

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 $10 billion for public schools and has provided an annual average of approximately 38 percent of the Lottery's total revenues to 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.

Christopher Rea Riverside $ 100,000
Steven Bernhardt Glendale $ 90,000
Maria Abreu Hayward $ 60,000
Tracy Gregrich Hayward $ 40,000
Other California Gold Winners   $ 22,500
  TOTAL $312,500
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