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October 11, 2002

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October, 2002 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, October 12, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $230,000.

Gloria Valentine
Gloria Valentine

Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestants win a total of $105,000 on this week's show. The first contestant appearing on this week's show is Gloria Valentine, a video technician from Oakland. Valentine wins $65,000 and she explained her plans for the money, "I plan to invest my winnings." Valentine bought her lucky ticket at Gateway Foods in Oakland. Next up at the Dream Machine is Theresa Pasqualino, an administrative assistant from Tarzana who bought her ticket at 7-Eleven in Northridge wins $40,000. "I'll use this money to buy a new car and visit family in Pennsylvania," said Pasqualino. Dream Machine players have up to five chances to launch one ball 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.

Theresa Pasqualino
Theresa Pasqualino

There are two contestants that try to win a chance to spin the big wheel on this week's show. The first contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Donica Shisler a realtor from Daly City, who wins $50,000. "I plan to have a house built and open a real-estate office with my winnings," said Shisler. Shisler purchased her lucky ticket at Fillmore Market in San Francisco. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Lola Frankel, a retiree from Los Angeles, who wins $5,000.

The second contestant that makes it to the big wheel from the California Gold game is William Cox, a national guardsmen from Modesto who wins $30,000. When asked what his plans where to do with his prize, Cox replied, "I plan to buy a new car." The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Edward Reith, a retiree from Santee, 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 52.7 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.1 percent to public schools and 13.2 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.9 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.


Gloria Valentine Oakland $65,000
Donica Shisler Daly City $50,000
Theresa Pasqualino Tarzana $40,000
William Cox Modesto $30,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $45,000
TOTAL      $230,000
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