Elaine Smith of Lake View was at home recuperating from an accident when she received the call that she had won first prize in Game 671 of SUPER JINGO -- a trip for two to Atlantis, Paradise Island resort, in the Bahamas, via American Airlines, plus $500.
"You're kidding!" she yelled. "Oh, I can't believe it! You don't know how I've wanted to go there."
Years ago, Ms. Smith went to Nassau and and got as far as the bridge that goes to Paradise Island but never got the chance to get to the island and has regretted it ever since. "Now I'm going."
Ms. Smith also has a birthday coming up April 6. "This is great, what a surprise. I can't wait to call my friend." She has been playing SUPER JINGO for several years and last summer won a gift certificate for dinner.
Ms. Smith and a friend will enjoy four nights and five days, VIP treatment at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort and casino in the Bahamas. The trip includes breakfast and dinner each day.
This dream vacation is set in a living, 3.2 million-gallon saltwater habitat. Atlantis features the world's largest outdoor, open-water aquarium complete with sharks, rays and 100 other species of marine life.
Atlantis also offers five swimming pools, a cascading water slide and adventure walk for kids, the Atlantis River Ride the length of more than four football fields, and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The resort has 12 restaurants and one of the biggest casinos in the Bahamas.
Travel arrangements are courtesy of American Airlines. American Airlines/American Eagle serves Buffalo daily with nine flights to connecting hubs at Chicago O'Hare and New York Kennedy. The airline flies to more than 250 cities worldwide every day.
Other top prize winners in SUPER JINGO Game No. 671 include:
John and Rita Brennan of Kenmore, a two-night stay for two at Geneva-on-the-Lake.
Kevin McCourt of Lackawanna, two season tickets to the Buffalo Bills.
A. Tomasello of Lancaster, a two-night stay for two in Toronto, at the SkyDome.
W. Sajdak of Depew, a showroom car detail.
When John Brennan of Kenmore received a call from The Buffalo News, he thought somebody was trying to sell him the paper, and he said: "Oh no, we buy it every day."
But when he was told the call was about his second prize in SUPER JINGO, a weekend for two at Geneva on the Lake, he yelled: "I won second prize? My God, I don't believe it."
Brennan is the one in the family who cuts out the entry form and gets the daily numbers from the paper, then mails it on Saturday. "I send it in at least 48 times a year. I enjoy it, it's a nice change."
"Beautiful, that's great," said Kevin McCourt when he found he had won third prize, two season tickets to the Buffalo Bills 1995-96 home games.
McCourt works in Buffalo at Merchants Insurance and for years he has dropped off his and his parents' SUPER JINGO cards at The News. "I've never won, but my parents won a weekend at Niagara on the Lake a while ago. They've since moved to Florida, but I continue to play."
McCourt hasn't been to many Bills games, but he knows he'll enjoy them. "You've made my day. Thank you very much," he said.
Tony Tomasello of Lancaster won fourth prize, a two night stay for two in Toronto. He and his wife, Geri, both enjoy playing SUPER JINGO. "We've been playing for quite a while, and Geri won once before," he said. They'll continue playing, hoping to win first prize someday.
Walter Sajdak of Depew has been playing SUPER JINGO on and off since it started, and the first time he played, he won a dinner for two, but that was years ago. He was thrilled to learn that he had won fifth prize, the showroom car detail. "Wonderful, that's wonderful," he said.
Remember, it is not necessary to write or phone The Buffalo News if you are one of the other 45 winners. Prizes will soon be mailed to you.
Game cards for SUPER JINGO No. 673 may be found on Page 37 of today's TV Topics.