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February 27, 2004

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February, 2004 | Winners Stories

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $240,000


SACRAMENTO – California Lottery players from across the state won a total of $247,500 on “The Big Spin®” show that aired Saturday, February 28, 2004.

Nilo Fulinara from San Diego wins $90,000 playing Nilo Fulinara from San Diego won $90,000 playing the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine.”   After his win, Fulinara said, “I plan to go on vacation to the Philippines with my winnings.”  Fulinara purchased his ticket at 7-Eleven in National City.  Patricia Coleman, a registered nurse from Antioch, was next to challenge the “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine” and won an $85,000 prize.  Coleman, who bought her ticket at Lone Tree Liquors in Antioch, told interviewers, “I’m going to make home improvements and buy a car with my prize money.”

The contestant that won a chance to spin the prize wheel from the “Aces High” elimination round was Florence Anderson, an airport employee from Las Vegas, Nevada who won $25,000.  Anderson, who bought her lucky ticket at the Primm Valley Lotto Store in Nipton, commented, “I’m going to use my prize money to go on a nice vacation.”  The second runner-up from the “Aces Round” was Max Schrieber, a student from San Francisco who won $5,000.

Patricia Coleman from Antioch wins $85,000 playing Maurilio Alcantar, a farm worker from Oxnard, purchased his Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at El Rio Vineyard Food Mart in Oxnard and scratched it to find the “Spin-Spin-Spin” symbol.  Alcantar’s lucky find gave him the opportunity to spin the largest lottery wheel on the planet, which gave him $25,000.  “I plan to share my winnings with my family,” Alcantar said.

“The Big Spin®” show is just one of the many entertainment choices the California Lottery offers that ends up paying big to players and ultimately to California’s public schools.  For a third consecutive year, the Lottery has contributed $1 billion to public education.

Winners’ Summary

Nilo Fulinara San Diego $90,000
Patricia Coleman Antioch $85,000
Florence Anderson Las Vegas, NV $25,000
Maurilio Alcantar Oxnard $25,000
Other Aces High Contestants   $22,500
  TOTAL $247,500

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!
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