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May 22, 2010

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May, 2010 | Winners Stories

Southern Californians Win Big on This Week’s “Make Me a Millionaire”


Cuc HoSACRAMENTO – On this week’s "Make Me a Millionaire," 12 lucky contestants were awarded a total of $132,000 in cash and prizes.

Starting off this week’s show were Cuc Ho of Rosemead and Mary Scott of Rancho Palos Verdes, who both won a new car on the Lucky Penny segment. Lucky Penny winners have the option of taking the cash equivalent of the car, and both Ho and Scott chose the cash. Ho plans to use the money to help her buy a new house, and Scott plans to use her winnings to send her kids to college.

Another big winner was 77-year-old Connie Robison of Whittier, who won $30,000 on the Millionaire segment. An excited Robison had plenty of plans for her Connie Robisonmoney, starting with her plan to “spread the wealth!” First and foremost, said Robison: “I’m going to spend some on myself. I might get a little beauty.” Robison, talking about her five granddaughters, also added: “I might give ‘em each 10 bucks.”

Jim Chackel of Oxnard plans to use the $17,000 he won on the Safe Cracker game for some home repairs. As the father of three college-bound children, he also has a few school expenses to take care of as well.

With the “Make Me a Millionaire” progressive jackpot increasing $200,000 each week, next week’s Millionaire game contestant will have a chance to win $1.4 million.

Here is a list of this week’s big winners:

Name Game City Amount
Connie Robison Millionaire Whittier $30,000
Cuc Ho Lucky Penny Rosemead $30,000
Mary Scott Lucky Penny Rancho Palos Verdes $30,000
Jim Chackel Safe Cracker Oxnard $17,000

The California Lottery believes in creating a better, more sustainable environment for future generations, which is why all cars given away on “Make Me a Millionaire” are fuel efficient and use clean innovative technologies. All new car winners on this week’s episode won a Chevy Malibu or the cash equivalent of the vehicle.

For more information about “Make Me a Millionaire,” visit For high resolution photos, please contact (916) 324-9639 or e-mail

The California Lottery is celebrating 25 years of enhancing education and supporting local communities. The Lottery contributes at least 87 cents of every dollar that players spend on Lottery products to public education and prizes. Since the Lottery’s inception in 1985, Lottery players have contributed nearly $22 billion to California schools out of total sales of more than $59 billion. Retailers benefit too, earning $3.8 billion in compensation since 1985.


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