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May 4, 2002

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May, 2002 | Supporting Education | Northern California



SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, May 4, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $237,500, including the next winners of the Graceland Trip.

Assemblymember Sarah Reyes presented John Marinovich with the California Lottery's Exceptional Educator Award on "The Big Spin" show. Assemblymember Reyes explains, "Seeing the need to strengthen the educational pipeline of under-represented minority students throughout the Central Valley, John collaborated with local Doctor Katherine Flores to implement and establish the Doctor's Academy, an exclusive "school within a school" environment at Sunnyside High School." In a unique partnership with the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, the Doctor's Academy is the only program in the Central Valley that focuses on identifying, educating, and preparing students with hopes that these students will return to their local communities to practice medicine. Reyes continued, "John, because of your progressive vision to enhance the academic opportunities of students, it is my privilege to proclaim you an Exceptional Educator."

When asked about the rigorous program that the students have to go through, Marinovich explained, "Students have to go through accelerated math, Science, writing classes, CPR training, participate in monthly Saturday academic workshops and volunteer in the community."

Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestants win a total of $90,000 on this week's show. The first contestant appearing on this week's show is Jose Medina, a retired long shoreman from Hesperia who bought his ticket at Circle K in Hesperia. Medina wins $65,000 and he plans to, "Travel and remodel his home," with his prize. Next up at the Dream Machine is Diana Borse, a data entry supervisor from Citrus Heights who wins $25,000. "I want to remodel my kitchen," explains Borse after her win. Borse bought her ticket at Raley's in Citrus Heights. 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.

Doug Newby, an auto technician from Sacramento is the contestant that spins the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round and wins $60,000. "I'll pay back my mom and maybe buy a new car," said Newby, who bought his ticket at Stop N Save in Sacramento. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Rafael Rojas, a retiree from Inglewood, 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 Leonardo Torres, a mail carrier from South Gate who wins $40,000. Torres plans to use his winnings towards the purchase of a house. Torres bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket, which revealed three "SPIN", symbols on one ticket, that ticket entitled him to a direct trip to the prize wheel. Torres bought his ticket at 7-Eleven in Lynwood.

The California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 retail 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.


Jose Medina Hesperia $65,000
Doug Newby Sacramento $60,000
Leonardo Torres South Gate $40,000
Diana Borse Citrus Heights $25,000
Graceland Winners TBA $25,000
Other California Gold Contestants $22,500
TOTAL      $237,500
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