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May 28, 2010

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May, 2010 | Winners Stories

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


Robert AdatoSACRAMENTO – On this week’s "Make Me a Millionaire," 12 lucky contestants were awarded a total of $280,000 in cash and prizes.

Starting off this week’s show were Sonia Taylor-Tucker of Inglewood and Nicholas De Leo of Long Beach, 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 Taylor-Tucker and De Leo chose the cash. Taylor-Tucker plans to pay some debt and take her family on a vacation with her winnings.  De Leo, a retiree, plans to pay some bills and give some of his winnings to his adult children.

Berta CruzAnother big winner was Robert Adato of Valencia, who won $80,000 on the California Cool segment. An excited Adato halfheartedly apologized to his wife in the audience during game play by exclaiming: “I’m sorry honey – I’m going for it!”  After his big win, Adato had no immediate plans for his money, declaring “She’s gonna take it all!”

Berta Cruz, a bank teller from Los Angeles, would like to use the $70,000 she won in the Millionaire segment to help pay down some debt.

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 $1.6 million.

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

Name Game City Amount
Robert Adato California Cool Valencia $80,000
Berta Cruz Millionaire Los Angeles $70,000
Sonia Taylor-Tucker Lucky Penny Inglewood $30,000
Nicholas De Leo Lucky Penny Long Beach $30,000

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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