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FIRST-PLACE WINNER WHO ALMOST DIDN'T PLAY WILL BE OFF TO LAS VEGAS ON JINGO TRIP FOR 2

Robin Golovin is fortunate for second thoughts.

When notified that she was this week's first-prize winner in SUPER JINGO 793 -- receiving a trip for two for five nights at the Maxim hotel/casino and $500 cash -- she said, "I almost didn't send it in this time."

"I played a few years ago and then gave up, but I started up again about six months ago, and I play every week, I never miss," said Mrs. Golovin, who lives in Buffalo. "I've never won, so I was gonna give up."

When asked whom she would be taking with her, she said, "If my husband, Victor, is good, I'll take him."

"I was in Las Vegas about 2 1/2 years ago, and I just loved being there. I like to gamble, but I don't like to throw my money away," she said.

"Holy cow -- I'm in a dream. This is so excellent. It's the best news I've ever heard. Oh, thank you," she added.

It's a vacation to the Max!

The Golovins will be just steps away from the Las Vegas strip during their five-night, six-day stay at the Maxim hotel/casino -- a first-class, full-service resort experience. It's an intriguing world of 24-hour excitement, including shops, three fabulous restaurants, award-winning entertainment, a beauty salon, a spectacular casino and hospitality second to none.

Take a trip to "the Max" soon. During the month of July, as part of a 20th anniversary celebration, Maxim guests can enter to win one of two seven-day cruises to be given away each day.

This trip is courtesy of Travel USA and Maxim and includes round-trip charter air, hotel, transfers, baggage handling, tax, service and a free Laughlin tour. Call Travel USA East, West or North for details on the Super Summer Giveaway Sale. Book a tour to select destinations before Labor Day (travel anytime) and receive your choice (prize selection may vary by length of trip) of: a dinner for two at Salvatore's Italian Gardens, free airport parking for up to seven days or free admission to Darien Lake theme park.

Other top winners in SUPER JINGO Game 793 include:

Ihor Pereyma of Buffalo -- two Buffalo Bills season tickets.

Anna Bialkowski of Cheektowaga -- two season tickets for the Broadway Matinee Series at Shea's Buffalo Performing Arts Center.

Jerry White of Cheektowaga -- an autographed Buffalo Sabres jersey.

Leonard McGowan of Buffalo -- dinner train ride for two.

"Oh, beautiful. That's fantastic," said Pereyma, winner of the Bills season tickets. "I'll be honest with you," he said. "My mother, Oresta, puts my name in for me. She used to put them in under my little brother Lu's name. Lu always played religiously also until he passed away. He won the big prize once and had won numerous other prizes."

Does Pereyma like the Bills?

"Absolutely," he exclaimed. "I went to a game a couple of years ago but mostly watch them on TV."

When asked who would accompany him, Pereyma said, "I'm sure they're going to be lining up. . . . I'm sure I'm going to be making a lot of new friends.

"Thank you," he said. "Thank you again."

For Anna Bialkowski, tickets for the Broadway Matinee Series at Shea's is the best prize she's won thus far in her JINGO career.

"I've been playing every week since it started and won a couple of small prizes," she said. "Everyone is playing now: my brother-in-law, my sister-in-law. . . . The whole bunch is playing."

"I'll keep trying until I get the big one," she said.

"I'm very happy -- this is a big day in my life," said Jerry White, when she learned she had won the autographed Sabres jersey.

"I've been playing every week since it started and never won. It's not that much of an effort, and it's kinda fun," Ms. White explained.

Is she a Sabres fan?

"Oh, my goodness -- yes. Thank you very much," she said.

"Oh, good -- great," said Leonard McGowan, when notified that he had won the dinner train Ride for two.

"I've been playing for about two months, since I got back to Buffalo. I just fill it out, send it in and never really think about it again," McGowan explained. "It's all luck. Thank you very much."

Remember, it is not necessary to write or call The Buffalo News if you are one of the other 45 winners. Prizes will soon be mailed to you.

Game cards for SUPER JINGO 795 may be found on Page 47 of today's TV Topics.

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