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Bakersfield Teen-Ager Wins Million Dollars In Movie Mystery Contest

April 6, 1988

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ The movie ″Million Dollar Mystery″ lost millions for the company that produced it, but it has made a 14-year-old girl a millionaire.

Alesia Lenae Jones, a sophomore at Bakersfield’s North High School, won $1 million for piecing together clues from the movie to correctly guess where $1 million was supposed to be hidden.

The De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, which sponsored the contest, announced Tuesday it will award her the prize April 14 at the company’s headquarters. She’ll also be given a limousine tour of Hollywood.

Miss Jones won the ″Million Dollar Mystery″ Movie Sweepstakes by correctly guessing that the money had been hidden in the bridge of the Statue of Liberty’s nose.

She said she plans to buy a horse with her winnings and get braces, as well as help her family buy a home. She’ll then put the rest of the money into a trust fund.

″Million Dollar Mystery,″ released in June 1987, was a box office flop for De Laurentiis, one of a string of failures for the financially troubled company. It wrote off $15.5 million, its entire stake in the film.

As part of a reorganization following the February resignation of former chairman Dino De Laurentiis, the company decided to sell foreign television, video and non-theatrical rights to its 320-movie library.

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