Radio: Giveaway Fadeaway

Tall, toothy John J. Noone, a Washington postal clerk, set about wooing Lady Luck in a scientific sort of way. Forming a syndicate with seven relatives and friends (each was assessed $5), Noone made repeated trips to Manhattan in the hope of being chosen a contestant on the CBS giveaway program Hit the Jackpot. Last April the lightning struck; Noone won prizes grandiloquently announced as worth $28,000.

This week, the syndicate faced the more realistic prospect of dividing up something less than $7,000, before taxes. Biggest chunk of cash came from the sale of...

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