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May 2, 2003

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May, 2003 | Supporting Education | Southern California

Actress Lainie Kazan Presents California Lottery's Hero in Education Award to Maurice Wiley


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, May 3, 2003, in twelve television markets statewide.

Actress Lainie Kazan presented Maurice Wiley with the California Lottery's Hero in Education Award. Kazan is a multi-award-winning actress of stage, film and television as well as an international recording star. She has appeared on Broadway with Bette Midler. Her film credits include Beaches, The Crew, What's Cooking, and Francis Coppola's One From the Heart. She is recently best known for the box office hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and now in the television sit-com My Big Fat Greek Life.

Maurice Wiley
Maurice Wiley

Maurice Wiley worked as an administrator, teacher and guidance counselor for Inglewood Unified School District in the Los Angeles area for 30 years. However, in 1989, Wiley won $1 million on "The Big Spin®" show. As a result, Wiley took an early retirement. Nonetheless, instead of taking a traditional retirement, Wiley has continued to work with Inglewood's students.

He donates his time and money to support educational programs that benefit students.

He volunteers with a non-profit organization known as "The Inglewood Educational Foundation." Through this program, Wiley coordinates numerous fairs, luncheons, ribbon cutting ceremonies and fundraisers, all designed to improve Inglewood's schools.

The California Lottery distinguished "Heroes in Education" award is presented monthly on "The Big Spin®" television show. The Lottery enlists various celebrities to present these awards which recognize the "unsung heroes" who devote significant amounts of their time and/or resources to assist their neighborhood schools.

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