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September 24, 2004

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September, 2004 | Winners Stories

Contestants on “The Big Spin®” Win More Than $110,000


BaltazarSACRAMENTO – California Lottery players from across the state won a total of $112,500 on “The Big Spin®” show that aired Saturday, September 25, 2004.

KarenFrom the “Aces High” round, Baltazar Salinas, a farm worker from Gonzales won the right to spin the wheel.  Salinas, who bought his Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at Jim’s Liquors in Gonzales, spun the wheel for $40,000.  “I feel blessed to have won this much money,” said Salinas.  He plans to pay bills and help his family with his winnings.

Gary Lopez, a customer service representative from Santa Ana, purchased his Big Spin Scratchers® ticket at Smoke Shop in Irvine and uncovered Spin-Spin-Spin when he scratched it.  After spinning the largest lottery wheel in the world, Lopez won $30,000, and said, “It was exciting to spin the wheel but I’m more excited about buying a new truck.”

Karen Scheneman from Fontana was the only contestant on this week’s show to play “Fantasy 5 Dream Machine.”  Ms. Scheneman, who won $20,000, purchased her ticket at Von’s Grocery in Fontana, and said, “This is great!  I can now go to Boston to visit my children.”

Name City Amount
Baltazar Salinas Gonzales $40,000
Gary Lopez Santa Ana $30,000
Karen Scheneman Fontana $20,000
Other Aces High Contestants $22,500 
  TOTAL $112,500

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