Margaret Cabana of Kenmore proved to her six children that persistence in SUPER JINGO is rewarded. She won the first prize in Game 450 -- a trip for two to Orlando and Universal Studios Florida, plus $500 cash.
"My kids keep telling me that I'm wasting my time," she said. "Most of them live out of town, so I'm going to call each one."
Ms. Cabana said she has played every SUPER JINGO game since the beginning -- even when she was out of town.
"I have a cold, but the idea of the sunny South makes me feel much better," she said.
"What a cap to my Christmas! And what a wonderful way to start the morning."
Ms. Cabana and her guest will enjoy four nights and five days in Orlando. The trip includes round-trip air fare, hotel accommodations, a visit to Universal Studios Florida and $500 cash.
They will stay at the Delta's Orlando Resort, an oasis located in the heart of Orlando and its many attractions. Set on 25 lush and beautifully landscaped acres, the resort features three outdoor swimming pools, three hot tubs, two kiddie pools, two lighted tennis courts, two saunas, a sand volleyball court, nine-hole mini golf, a chipping range, children's playground and Wally's Kids Club, a supervised activity center for children. Universal Studios Florida features a fantasy of lights, camera, action. Universal brings Hollywood to Florida in the 44-acre studios, offering everything from a flight with E.T. to a terrifying encounter with King Kong.
Flight arrangements are courtesy of USAir, which flies to more than 168 cities across the United States and Canada. USAir also travels to Bermuda, London and Frankfurt.
Other top prize winners include:
Mary Depovelo of Irving, a weekend for two in Toronto.
Lorraine Schadel of Buffalo, a 20-inch color television.
The Piwtorak family of North Tonawanda, a weekend for two at La Tourelle, a country inn in Ithaca.
Pat Krawczyk of Lancaster, $200 cash.
"Oh, that's wonderful," exclaimed Ms. Depovelo when she heard about her Toronto weekend. "Thank you so much."
She has played SUPER JINGO since the start and won a small prize. She was "too thrilled" to decide who would accompany her.
Ms. Schadel was enthusiastic when The Buffalo News phoned about her color TV. She has played SUPER JINGO for years, and this is her first win.
"You're kidding," said Nicholas Piwtorak when he was told of his weekend at La Tourelle.
He and his wife, Martha, have played SUPER JINGO since the beginning and won several smaller prizes.
"I knew I'd win eventually," said Ms. Krawczyk, who has been playing SUPER JINGO for a couple of years. "I'm so excited."
In addition to these five winners, 95 other Western New Yorkers learn today that their names have been selected for a prize. If your name appears in today's winning lineup, it is not necessary to phone or visit The News to receive your prize. It will be mailed to you.
Game cards for SUPER JINGO Game 452 can be found in today's TV Topics on Page 36.