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August 15, 2003

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August, 2003 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win a Total of $322,500 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 $322,500 was won by contestants who appeared on Saturday's, August 16, 2003 show.

Samuel Santana
Samuel Santana

The "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestants won a total of $250,000 on this week's show. The first "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant was Samuel Santana, a telephone operator from Anaheim who won $90,000! Santana who purchased his ticket at Liquor Mart in Anaheim said, "I plan to use my winnings towards a trip to Europe." The second "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" contestant was Joe Grubbs, a retiree from Huntington Beach who also won $90,000! Grubbs who purchased his ticket at Goldstar Liquor in Huntington Beach said, "I plan to use my prize money to travel to Alaska." Next up at the "Fantasy 5 Dream Machine" was George Wilson, a supervisor from Fontana who won $70,000. Wilson who bought his ticket at Sunrise Smoke Shop Market in Montclair said, "I plan to take my wife on a cruise to Cancun with my winnings."

Joe Grubbs
Joe Grubbs

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 contestant that won a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round was Shelby DeLeon, a quality control engineer from Bakersfield who won $50,000. DeLeon who bought her lucky ticket at AM/PM Mini Mart in Bakersfield said, "I'm going to build a house for my mother with my prize money." The second runner-up from the California Gold round was Susan De La Rosa, a retiree from Hayward 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. The Lottery provides 51.9 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.9 percent to public schools and 13.2 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 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.


Samuel Santana Anaheim $90,000
Joe Grubbs Huntington Beach $90,000
George Wilson Fontana $70,000
Shelby DeLeon Bakersfield $50,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $22,500
TOTAL      $322,500
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