The Big Spin

Saturday 5:00 PM on Premiered Jan 01, 1999 In Season


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The Big Spin is an American game show that started airing in 1980s. It is known as the first TV show of the California Lottery and the longest-running lottery show running from 1986 to 2009. In its twenty-three year old history, the show changes hosts a number of times but it is famous for having Spanish-speaking co-hosts due to the increasing number of Spanish contestants in some years. The show has a format that features selected contestants who try to win up to $3 million dollars by spinning a wheel. In the first seasons of the show, the contestants are chosen from those who have won $100 from scratch tickets that have been sent into the show. One applicant out of every 2000 is selected by a random draw. In the following seasons, the winners are selected from those finding the special tickets, which means one out of every 4000 tickets. The chosen contestants play a number of games, some of which are changed or removed in later years, to go to the Big Wheel. The one who makes it to the Big Wheel gets the chance to win $3 million while the rest complete the game getting smaller sums like $1,500 in some games.