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November 15, 2002

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November, 2002 | Supporting Education | Northern California

Actress Maree Cheatham Presents California Lottery's Hero in Education Award to Myrtle Walkley


SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, November 16, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $167,500.

Actress Maree Cheatham presented Myrtle Walkley with the California Lottery's Hero in Education Award. Walkley is a volunteer at Trajan Elementary School in Orangevale.

For the past nine years, Walkley has given her time to the children of Trajan Elementary. Each week, she reads books, tells stories and shares 87 years worth of life lessons with kids. She brings in photos from her childhood and souvenirs from places she has visited so students can actually see the things that they are learning about.

Walkley gives more than her time, she also donates books and school supplies to the classrooms. She helps pay for field trips and guest speakers so kids can get more than just a traditional education. Walkley has also been a big help at numerous school events and PTA fundraisers, including bake sales, school carnivals and Back to School events.

Maree Cheatham is a terrific actress who has starred in a number television dramas including Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and Knots Landing. She appeared on Dharma and Greg and most recently "Scrubs". Her film credits include classics like The Wedding Singer, Beetlejuice, Soul Man and America's Sweetheart.

The Fantasy 5 contestant appearing on this week's show is Ted Maloley, an auto salesman from Lake Forest. Maloley wins $60,000 and he explained his plans for this money, "I plan to use it to pay off bills." Maloley bought his winning ticket at Cherry Liquor in Long Beach.

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.

This week's finalist at the California Gold game was Hattie Stelly, a retiree employee from Yuma, Arizona who won $60,000. Stelly said, "I want to go on a cruise with this prize." Stelly bought her lucky ticket at Hub Liquor Store in Winterhaven. The second runner-up from the California Gold round is Kurt Struve, a cameraman from Chatsworth, 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 Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Dennis Mathews, an entertainment manager from Huntington Beach who wins $25,000. Williams explained, "I plan to buy a car with this money." Mathews purchased his ticket at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley. Mathews bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket, that ticket entitled Mathews to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

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 $14 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.


Ted Maloley Lake Forest $60,000
Hattie Stelly Yuma, AR $60,000
Dennis Mathews Huntington Beach $25,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
TOTAL      $167,500
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