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November 4, 2000

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November, 2000 | Winners Stories

Contestants Win More Than $350,000 on "Big Spin® 2000" Show


SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin 2000" show airs Saturday, November 4, 2000, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $352,500.

California Gold is one way to get to the wheel on "Big Spin 2000". 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 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 2000 prize wheel, while the other contestant wins $5,000. Lottie Knight, a retiree from Los Angeles was this week's top winner in the California Gold game winning $75,000. "I'm going to buy my daughter a car," said Knight. Other California Gold contestants won a combined total of $22,500.

Fantasy 5TM Dream Machine contestants won a combined total of $205,000 on this week's show. Linda Frawley of Chula Vista and Khanh Ly of Fountain Valley each won $70,000. "I'm going to put my money into savings," said Frawley. Ly, on the other hand, said, "I'm going to take a vacation and visit my brother in Australia." Hacienda Heights resident Irene Curtin won $65,000 playing the Dream Machine. "My husband needs a car really bad, we're tired of his car breaking down," said Curtin.

Angelica Perez stopped in a gas station and bought a "Big Spin" Scratchers® ticket that revealed three "SPIN" symbols on it. That ticket entitled the Hawthorne resident to spin the largest prize wheel in the world on the Big Spin® 2000 show, where she won $50,000. "I'm going to use my prize money for my children's college funds, my house and family," said Perez.

The California Lottery sells its products through a network of more than 18,000 outlets statewide. The Lottery provides 52.5 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34 percent to public schools and 14 percent for administrative expenses, which include 6.8 percent for retailer commissions. Since 1985, the Lottery has raised more than $12 billion for public schools. The California Lottery's contribution equals approximately 2 percent of the state's total education budget. "Big Spin® 2000" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.

Lottie Knight Los Angeles $ 75,000
Linda Frawley Chula Vista $ 70,000
Khanh Ly Fountain Valley $ 70,000
Irene Curtin Hacienda Heights $ 65,000
Angelica Perez Hawthorne $ 50,000
Other California Gold winners   $ 22,500
  TOTAL $352,500
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