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MOTHER OF JINGO WINNER IS FIRST TO HEAR GOOD NEWS

Lucy Schrader was excited to find out that her son Mark was this week's first prize winner in SUPER JINGO Game 815 of a trip for two for four nights at Geneva On The Lake and a Thrifty rental car, plus $500 cash. "Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh," gasped Mrs. Schrader, "he'll be very happy."

When asked if she knew how long Mark had been playing, Ms. Schrader replied, "I know for sure that he's been playing since August, but he was probably playing before that, but I know that he's never won anything."

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Other top prize winners in SUPER JINGO Game 815 include:

The Opiel's of Hamburg -- $700 furniture certificate.

The McDonough family of Eden -- an autographed Buffalo Sabres jersey.

David Wilson and family of Buffalo -- a showroom car detail.

Loraine Moeller of North Tonawanda -- dinner and show tickets.

"You're kidding. What is it?" asked Florence Opiel when she was told that she had won second prize in this week's SUPER JINGO contest. When told that it was a $700 furniture gift certificate, she exclaimed, "That's wonderful. I'm so happy. Well, this is wonderful, I need a curio, so that's going to be great."

Mrs. Opiel said she's been playing JINGO "for so long, I can't believe it. Ever since it started. I make my husband, Robert, do it all the time, and he keeps telling me, 'You're just wasting all these stamps.' Wait until I tell him, 'See, it paid off.' "

"Oh, no, you're kidding, what did I get?" asked Helen McDonough when she found out that she had won third prize of an autographed Buffalo Sabres Jersey. "I've only been playing a couple of weeks. I played it for a long time and didn't play it again because I never won. Oh, isn't this nice," explained Ms. McDonough. "Well thank you very much, I'm a big Sabres fan."

"How wonderful," David Wilson said when he was notified that he had won a showroom car detail, adding, "I just got a new car." When asked how long he has been playing SUPER JINGO, he responded, "I've played every week for about five years. I play because it kind of fascinates me, and I like to play it.

"Oh, boy, I'm so surprised. The new year is going to start out wonderful," he said.

"I must be kind of lucky," responded Loraine Moeller when she found out that she had won fifth prize of a dinner and show for two. "We were gone to Germany until November, and just started playing when we got back. So I've only been playing for about a month and a half," she said.

When asked if she had plans for her prize, she said "Oh, yes! My birthday is coming up within the next couple months, so maybe my husband, Winston, and I could use it for that."

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 817 may be found on Page 48 of today's TV Topics.