Jennifer Larkman of Depew is this week's top prize winner in SUPER JINGO and will receive a trip for two for seven nights at the Days Inn in Orlando/Kissimmee, Fla., plus $500 cash.
"You've got to be kidding me!" said Miss Larkman when she received the news, adding that she has been playing the game for seven years. "I just won one of the smaller prizes a few weeks ago. My girlfriend asked when I would be winning the big prize. I didn't think it would be happening this soon,"
She added that her grandmother has been playing the game for years and recently started putting Miss Larkman's name on her entries.
Miss Larkman, a self-employed hairdresser, does not know when she will be able to make the trip, but said, "I will definitely be looking forward to it."
Days Inn Orlando/Kissimmee is near all of Orlando's major attractions, including Universal Studios, Walt Disney World and Sea World, and there is dining, entertainment and shopping nearby. The hotel offers large, modern guest rooms and has several pools, a pool bar and playgrounds. The prize includes round-trip charter air, hotel, car rental with unlimited mileage, and Universal Studio tickets.
Other winners are:
Don Kenney of North Tonawanda -- "The Phantom of the Opera" prize package.
Virginia Pieri of Buffalo -- two tickets to five Buffalo Sabres games.
Carolyn M. Bernstein of Buffalo -- showroom car detail.
Lois C. Hackemer of Cheektowaga -- dinner certificate and show tickets.
Kenney said of winning the "Phantom" prize package, "That sounds really wonderful -- what a great prize." His package includes four top-category tickets to a performance at the AT&T Centre for the Performing Arts, Pantages Theatre, in Toronto; one-night accommodation (one room, double occupancy) at the Delta Chelsea Inn in Toronto, dinner for four at the City Grill Restaurant and a "Phantom" gift pack.
"I get the paper every day, so I said to my wife, why aren't we playing. We've been playing for a few years now," he said.
Kenney has worked for 11 years in the maintenance department at Niagara County Community College. His wife, Paula, works at M&T Bank. Ms. Pieri, a Sabres fan, greeted the news of winning third prize with: "Oh, that's wonderful! I used to work at the Arena as a security guard but didn't get a chance to see many of the games. I was busy running around. Now I can sit and enjoy watching."
Ms. Pieri said she has played SUPER JINGO for about 15 years. "I've won a lot of the smaller prizes," she said. "The best prize I won was a camcorder. I keep playing because I want to win the trip. I don't care where."
Ms. Pieri is currently employed by the Marshalls retail chain.
"Oh, what's that?" asked Mrs. Bernstein when she was told she had won fourth prize, a showroom car detail. She says she drives "a very old Plymouth that is in need of a good cleaning."
Miss Hackemer, this week's fifth-prize winner of dinner and show tickets, said, "Oh, that's wonderful!" when told of her good luck.
"I just started playing the game about a month ago," she said. Why did she start now? "Complete boredom," she said. "I've been sick. I figured I had some time on my hands, some extra stamps, and I'll try for the heck of it. I got into it, and now I'm hooked."
Miss Hackemer is retired from the meat department at Tops Markets.
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. 851 may be found on Page 48 of today's TV Topics.