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November 22, 2002

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November, 2002 | Winners Stories



SACRAMENTO — California Lottery's "The Big Spin®" show airs Saturday, November 23, 2002, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show win a total of $220,000

Rosalind Tan
Rosalind Tan

Fantasy 5 Dream Machine contestants win a total of $95,000 on this week's show. The first contestant appearing on this week's show is Rosalind Tan, a health insurance worker from Whittier who wins $75,000. Tan bought her lucky ticket at Promotions Unlimited in Whittier. Next up at the Dream Machine is John Tarantino, a retiree from San Diego who wins $20,000. "I'll use this money to travel," said Tarantino. Tarantino purchased his ticket at Kwik Stop in San Diego. 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.

John Tarantino
John Tarantino

There are two contestants that try to win a chance to spin the big wheel on this week's show. The first contestant that wins a chance to spin the prize wheel from the California Gold elimination round is Tai Thai, a woodcutter from San Diego, who wins $50,000. "I plan to buy a house and travel to Vietnam," said Thai. Thai purchased his lucky ticket at Café International in San Diego. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Tigran Karaoglayan, a student from Los Angeles, who wins $5,000.

Tai Thai
Tai Thai

The second contestant that makes it to the big wheel from the California Gold game is David Jones, an electrician from Buena Park who wins $30,000. When asked what his plans were for his prize, Jones replied, "I plan to buy a house and travel to Hawaii." Jones bought his ticket at Albertson's in Fullerton. The second runner-up from this California Gold round is Cruz Villalvaso, a car wash worker from Compton, 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 outlets statewide. The Lottery provides 52.7 percent of its revenues to players as prizes, 34.1 percent to public schools and 13.2 percent for administrative expenses, which includes 6.9 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®" is the longest running Lottery game show in the country, airing continuously since 1985.


Rosalind Tan Whittier $75,000
Tai Thai San Diego $50,000
David Jones Buena Park $30,000
John Tarantino San Diego $20,000
Other California Gold Contestants   $45,000
TOTAL      $220,000

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