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May 4, 1986 | RUTH SNYDER, Times Staff Writer
It has been five weeks since anyone landed the grand prize at the California State Lottery's "Big Spin," and lottery officials are hoping the dry spell won't mean dwindling ticket sales. "I'm getting nervous. We're in a slump. We need a boost--sales aren't what they should be," said Bob Taylor, communications manager for the lottery. When the lottery started last fall, sales averaged $10 million per day. Now they're down to $3 million, said John Schade, assistant director of public affairs.
April 25, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- A scripted feature about life in Laos and documentaries about U.S. war crimes and a town in the grip of a debilitating drug addiction were among the big winners at the Tribeca Film Festival's jury prizes Thursday night. "The Rocket," the Australian Kim Mordaunt's tale of a displaced 10-year-old boy who must find a new home in the tribal mountains of Laos after his house is destroyed to make way for a dam, won best narrative feature. Sitthiphon Disamoe, a nonprofessional actor who played the lead role, was awarded the best actor prize.
May 23, 1985 | From the Associated Press
Angela Hewitt, daughter of a musical Ottawa family who began her piano lessons at age 3, has won the $15,000 first prize in the 1985 International Bach Piano Competition. She was selected over three other finalists by a 12-member international jury. Konstanze Eichorst of West Germany won the $10,000 second prize; Evgeni Koroliov of the Soviet Union, now a resident of West Germany, was third, winning $5,000; and Moscow-Born Boris Slutsky of New York City was fourth, picking up $2,500.
April 7, 1987 | KENNETH HERMAN
Thomas Otten, a 26-year-old pianist from Los Angeles, won first prize in San Diego State University's Joseph Fisch Piano Competition. The four top finalists were presented in a public recital Saturdqy evening in the university's Smith Recital Hall. The judges divided the $2,000 grand prize equally between Otten and Reiko Uchida, a 16-year-old Torrance musician who was awarded first prize in the junior division.
December 27, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
Joan Jones, a water district office manager from Carmichael, doubled a jackpot worth nearly $6 million to win $11.75 million Saturday, the second largest prize won in the state lottery's Big Spin. "I'm still the same me, little Joanie," Jones, 53, said in a telephone interview. She said she plans to keep her $17,000-a-year job with the Del Paso Manor Water District in Sacramento.
Fifteen works on black themes by promising film makers will be shown this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Four Star Theatre, 5112 Wilshire Blvd., as part of the 11th annual Black Talkies on Parade, organized by the Black American Cinema Society. The first-prize winner, carrying a cash award of $1,500, is Sandra Sharp's "Tribes," which makes ingenious use of graphics and animation to shape the charmingly wry, tender story of a young girl confronting her mixed African and American Indian heritages.
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