"Oh, my goodness. That sounds exciting," said a shocked Peggy A. Duvall of North Tonawanda when she learned of her top-prize win in SUPER JINGO Game No. 979 -- a trip for two to Orlando, Fla., plus $500 cash.
A newer player, Duvall said: "We've been back in the Buffalo area for about four years, and I started playing about a year ago. I like playing bingo, but I never go anywhere to play. My husband, Dan, checks the numbers, and I mail it in."
Duvall mailed this entry on her birthday. "My husband said, 'Wouldn't it be really neat if you won!' And now I did!" Duvall said.
Duvall has not been to Florida since she was a teenager, and her husband has never been there.
She is a registered nurse, and her husband is a senior environmental specialist. The couple will celebrate their 30th anniversary later this year. They have two daughters.
The Duvalls will fly to Orlando on AirTran Airways and enjoy a five-day, four-night stay at either Orlando location of the Summerfield Suites by Wyndham. They will also receive admission with dinner at Pirate's Dinner Adventure and McNamee will receive $500 cash.
Other winners are:
June Strachan of West Seneca -- Galyan's Millennium Pro soccer table.
Strachan said of her second-prize win: "Wow! I'll keep it here for my grandchildren to play with. They'll be fighting over it."
Her husband, Robert Hinckley, fills in the entries and mails them each week. They have won just once before -- two tickets to the Philharmonic.
Strachan is retired from the New York State Police. The couple has three children and seven grandchildren.
Janis Weiss of Cheektowaga -- two tickets to four Broadway shows at Shea's.
Weiss will share her prize tickets with her mother and grandmother.
"How wonderful. She can go with her grandmother Hildegard Heidt and me," said her mother, Rosemarie Crean, speaking on behalf of Weiss, who has Down syndrome. "She really enjoys this kind of thing. I play SUPER JINGO for her."
Weiss works at the Southeast Community Work Center.
Gerald Butler of Alden -- Sabres merchandise package.
Butler's persistence finally paid off. He is this week's fourth-prize winner of a Sabres merchandise package including a jersey, golf shirt and hat. "We been doing JINGO since it started. We've never won a thing. We kept playing, figuring sooner or later we'd win something," said Butler. He and his wife, Marian, enjoy watching the Sabres on television.
He is retired from the Erie County Sheriff's Department; his wife is a retired corrections officer. They have six children and 17 grandchildren.
James G. Ray Jr. -- restaurant and theater package.
Ray said of his fifth prize: "Wow, that's great. Thank you very much."
He and his wife, Jeannette, have "only been playing for six months. Some of our friends have won, so we decided to give it a try."
Ray is a retired Niagara Mohawk photographer. The couple has three children and five grandchildren.
Game cards for SUPER JINGO 982 are on Page F2 of today's Life section. Remember that it's not necessary to phone or come to The News if your name is listed as a winner. Prizes will be mailed.