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McMahon's Million Dollar Maniacs
For anyone who questioned the veracity of McMahon's Million Dollar Mania, the answer came early on Monday Night Raw. Mr. McMahon announced that he would give away $200,000 after the first match of the night, and he did just that. Of the more than 1.5 million entries, eight registrants were the lucky ones selected. (PHOTOS OF WINNERS)
To keep up to date on all the latest developments in the sweepstakes, WWE invites our fans to a free press conference at noon on Thursday at New York City's Hard Rock Cafe.
The first winner of the night was Daniel Crummett of Twentynine Palms, Calif., who answered and happily laid out the password, WWE Universe, to pocket himself $200,000.
"I think I'll take a vacation to see my brother in Utah," said Crummet, a 24-year-old grocery store worker and a 20-year WWE fan. "And I'm definitely going to WrestleMania XXV!"
He added, "Oh man, a lot of people that I know are still asking me if it's legit. If I really did win $200K, and 'Rick Roll' Mr. McMahon. I didn't sleep at all last night. Part of me can't believe it. It didn't really hit me until I was talking to someone from [WWE] about it."
"I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks, WWE for all the memories, the moments I've yet to witness, and (after I talk to the people today) the cash."
Next up for McMahon's Million Dollar Mania treatment was Justin Guy from Greeneville, Tenn., who won $75,000.
Guy, 26, who works as a caregiver for the mentally disabled, says he's looking forward to paying off his house with his winnings. Not only that, he hopes to catch a live Raw show in North Carolina about a month from now. Goodness knows he can afford it.
"This is a dream come true," said Donna Rose of New Haven, Mich., after winning $125,000 of the Chairman's green.
Watching Raw at home with her husband, Chris, and 4-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, the 28-year old stay-at-home mom said her husband hopes to buy a new Harley Davidson motorcycle with the windfall. If so, the family will have plenty left over to spend on the already-planned vacation they're taking to Niagara Falls this month.
Lady luck continued to roll with the next winner, Stephani Green, 22, of Lafayette, Ind., who landed $98,000.
"This is so awesome, a life-changing experience," said a breathless Green, a stay-at-home mom to 11-month-old twins, who watches Raw with her longtime wrestling fan husband.
One fan, Sarah Fuhrmann of Keller, Texas, couldn't be blamed for feeling just a little disappointed with her winnings.
After giving the correct password, Fuhrmann, 25, was told by Mr. McMahon that she had won a grand total of $2.
"I still think [the sweepstakes] is an awesome idea," said the scheduling manager for a neurosurgeon and mother of a daughter who turns 3 next week.
As a consolation, WWE offered Fuhrmann and her daughter and husband a free trip to New York City.
Joshua Smith, 26, of Long Beach, Miss., fielded the Chairman's next call, which was worth $200,000.
"That's about 11 or 12 years worth of my salary," said the Wal-Mart employee, who plans to use the money so that he and hiscan give their 11-month-old baby girl a better life.
The life of construction worker Will Frank of Meadville, Pa., just got $51,998 better, compliments of Mr. McMahon's cash.
The 33-year-old said that he and his wife can now look forward to buying a new car and maybe a house.
And last but certainly not least, Steve Rosenzweig of Mount Horeb, Wis., captured $250,000.
As a longtime WWE fan, the 42-year-old internet retailer was thrilled to win from Mr. McMahon. Although, with this silver lining, there's also a bit of a cloud.
"To be honest, I'm in the middle of a divorce," said Rosenzweig, 42, chuckling at the situation. "I'm sure there's going to be an interesting fight over it."
But even half of $250,000 is nothing to sneeze at.
"This sweepstakes," said Rosenzweig, "can definitely make a dream or two come true."
Note: All winners must be confirmed in accordance with the Official Rules to claim prize, and if a winner is not so confirmed, that winner's prize will be re-awarded.
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