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August 29, 2003

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August, 2003 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win a Total of $197,500 on "The Big Spin®" Show


SACRAMENTO -- The California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs every Saturday in 12 television markets statewide. A total of $197,500 was won by contestants who appeared on Saturday's, August 30, 2003 show.

The "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestants won a total of $120,000 on this week's show. The first "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant was Michael Duvall, a caption editor for the hearing impaired from Santa Monica who won $80,000. Duvall, who purchased his ticket at Drugtown Pharmacy in Santa Monica, said, "I plan to buy a motorcycle and travel with my winnings." The second "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant was William Stevens, a retiree from Oceanside who won $40,000. Stevens, who bought his ticket at 7-Eleven in Oceanside, expressed, "I'm going to build a sunroom and travel to Hawaii with my prize money."

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.

The Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show was Yousif Shamoun, a store manager from Garden Grove who won $30,000. Shamoun, who bought his lucky ticket at B & B Donuts in Anaheim, remarked, "I plan to use this money towards a down payment on a house." Shamoun bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket. That lucky ticket entitled Shamoun to a direct trip to the prize wheel.

The contestant that won a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round was Letta Joseph, a massage therapist from Livermore who won $25,000. Joseph, who bought her lucky ticket at Arco AM/PM Mini Mart in Livermore, commented, "I'm going to use my prize money to buy my dream home." The second runner-up from the California Gold round was Jeffrey Hunter, a maintenance worker from Los Angeles who won $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 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 find 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 retail locations statewide. During Fiscal Year 2001/2002, the Lottery provided 51.9 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.9 percent to public schools and 13.2 percent for administrative expenses, which included 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®" television show is the longest running lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.


Michael Duvall Santa Monica $80,000
William Stevens Oceanside $40,000
Yousif Shamoun Garden Grove $30,000
Letta Joseph Livermore $25,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
TOTAL      $197,500
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