"You've got to be kidding me," a stunned Diane Honeck of Amherst said as she learned of her first prize win this week in SUPER JINGO Game 996 -- a trip for two to Song of the Sea, Fla., plus $500 cash. "Thank you very much. This is a very nice surprise."
Honeck started playing again after a break of several years. "I played faithfully until my mother died, then I stopped five years ago. I started up again about two years ago. My mother would play, and we would have to mail it for her," Honeck said.
Honeck manages Regency Manor Apartments. She plans to take a friend with her on the trip. "I'm sure I'll have a lot of friends volunteering to go with me," she quipped.
Honeck and her companion will fly to Fort Myers, Fla., on AirTran Airways and enjoy a five-day/four-night stay at the Song of the Sea Inn. They will also receive $500 cash.
Other winners are:
Gloria M. Swain of East Aurora -- Bills season tickets for two.
Swain will see her first Buffalo Bills game in many years with her second-prize win. "Oh, wonderful. I won one other time: a trip to Montreal in 1992," Swain said.
"I have nephews who love the Bills. I'll definitely have to take them to a couple of games.
"I've been playing probably since the beginning. I used to play with my dad when I lived at home. I got stuck on it then," said Swain, a secretary for Roosevelt & Cross. Her husband works for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
The Sikorski family of Cheektowaga -- Artpark passes for four to three Broadway shows.
Hilda Sikorski was very pleased to hear of her third prize in SUPER JINGO. "Oh, great! Wonderful!" said Sikorski. "Do you know how long I've been playing this? Forever! My husband kept asking me who I'm supporting in the post office, because I never win."
She is retired from Cardinal Health, and her husband, Frank, is a retired elementary-school teacher. The couple has one son. This will be their first visit to Artpark in several years.
The Burford family of Grand Island -- Sabres merchandise package.
Five-year-old Jacob Burford can thank his grandfather for introducing him to SUPER JINGO. The rookie player won this week's fourth prize: a Sabres merchandise package that includes a jersey, golf shirt and hat.
Jacob's father, Chuck, explained: "We've probably played less than a year. My son got into it from watching his grandfather play. He plays with me now, but his grandfather got him started."
Burford is a respiratory therapist at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, and his wife, Theresa, is a registered nurse at Millard Fillmore Hospital. Jacob will enter kindergarten in the fall. Jacob's sister, Karli, will turn 3 in September.
Ed and Sue Barber of Lewiston -- restaurant and theater package.
"You're kidding me!" said longtime SUPER JINGO player Ed Barber.
"I've been playing for 19 years. I've won five smaller prizes, and my wife won second or third prize: some Sabres tickets once," he said. "I drop off my entries every week with another person from my office."
Both Barbers work for HSBC.
Game cards for SUPER JINGO 999 can be found on Page E2 of today's Life section. Remember that it is not necessary to phone or come to The News if your name is listed as a winner. Prizes will be mailed.