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July 15, 2002

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July, 2002 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win $297,500 on The Big Spin® Show


SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, July 13, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $297,500.

Assemblymember Anthony Pescetti presented Denise Escobar with the California Lottery's Exceptional Educator Award on "The Big Spin" show. Assemblymember Pescetti explains, "Denise is an English teacher at Florin High School who is committed to the success of the students inside and outside of the classroom." Escobar makes a difference by crafting effective lesson plans and coordinating curriculum strategies with other departments. Pescetti continued, "Denise, for your selfless dedication to students throughout Florin High, it is my pleasure to proclaim you an Exceptional Educator."

When asked on the program that Escobar helped coordinate and establish, Escobar explained, "Transition to high school can be difficult to new students. This program helps ninth graders transition to high school and give them the support they need."

Ray Loverock
Ray Loverock

Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestants win a total of $185,000 on this week's show. The first contestant appearing on this week's show is Ray Loverock, a union electrician from Camarillo. Loverock wins $70,000 and he explained his plans for the money, "I will take a trip to the Caribbean." Loverock bought his lucky ticket at Santa Rosa Pharmacy in Camarillo. Next up at the Dream Machine is Gerald Canale, a retiree from Antelope wins $60,000. Canale bought his ticket at Pancake Circus in North Highlands. "I'll use my winnings to pay bills and relax," said Canale.

Les Williams
Les Williams
The last contestant at the Dream Machine is Les Williams, a truck driver from Fresno. Williams wins $55,000 and plans to buy a nice computer with his winnings. Williams bought his winning ticket at Griffin Gas in Clovis. 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.

Celia Alejandrino
Celia Alejandrino

The Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Celia Alejandrino, an accounting clerk from Fremont who wins $50,000. Alejandrino explained, "I plan to use the money to buy a car and share it with my family." Alejandrino purchased her ticket at Perry's Liquors in Union City.

The contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Felipe Cruz, a laborer from Los Angeles, who wins $40,000. "I would like to use this money to buy a house," said Cruz who purchased his ticket at Latino Super Market in Huntington Park. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Robin Baker, a farmer from Santa Rosa, 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 retail 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 $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.


Ray Loverock Camarillo $70,000
Gerald Canale Antelope $60,000
Les Williams Fresno $55,000
Celia Alejandrino Fremont $50,000
Felipe Cruz Los Angeles $40,000
Other California Gold Contestants $22,500
TOTAL      $297,500
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