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August 31, 2002

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August, 2002 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win $317,500 on the Big Spin® Show


SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, August 31, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $317,500.

German Balucon
German Balucon

Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestants win a total of $190,000 on this week's show. The first Dream Machine contestant appearing on this week's show is Raul Caicedo, an operations manager from Costa Mesa. Caicedo wins $90,000 and he explained his plans for the money, "I will use it for my daughters' college education." Caicedo bought his lucky ticket at The Water Shop in Costa Mesa. Next up at the Dream Machine is German Balucon, a caregiver from Garden Grove, who wins $70,000 and says, "I'm going to buy a house with my winnings." Balucon bought his ticket at 7-Eleven in Garden Grove. The final Dream Machine contestant on this week's show is Patricia Carter, a nurse from Los Angeles. Carter wins $30,000 and plans to travel to Hawaii with her winnings. Carter purchased her ticket at Southwest Bowl in Los Angeles. 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.

Patricia Carter
Patricia Carter

The contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Calbert Archer, a retiree from Moreno Valley, who wins $75,000. "I'm going to invest my winnings in real estate," said Archer who purchased his ticket at Sundance Liquor in Moreno Valley. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Gary Guenther, a student clerk from Burbank, 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.

Traci Williams
Traci Williams

The Spin-Spin-Spin contestant on this week's show is Traci Williams, from Los Angeles who wins $30,000. Williams explained, "I plan to buy a house with this money." Williams purchased her ticket at Olympic Park's Liquor in Los Angeles. Williams bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket which revealed three "SPIN" symbols on one ticket, that ticket entitled Williams 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 $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.


Raul Caicedo Costa Mesa $90,000
Calbert Archer Moreno Valley $75,000
German Balucon Garden Grove $70,000
Patricia Carter Los Angeles $30,000
Traci Williams Los Angeles $30,000
Other California Gold Contestants $22,500
TOTAL      $317,500
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