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THE MILLION-DOLLAR QUESTION: What is the biggest card-giving holiday of the year? College student Jason Luna, 21, made trivia game-show history when he answered correctly (it’s Christmas) and became the first $1 million winner of the popular NBC show 1 vs. 100. A month after the show’s January 4 air date, Luna, from Mission Valley Heights, still hadn’t received his winnings (which he estimates to be $600,000 or $700,000, after taxes) but was making plans to spend some of his windfall.
“I’ve been looking at getting a new car——a Mini Cooper——and will probably go explore around Europe,” he says. “People think I am set for life and will retire to Hawaii or something, but it’s really not that much money.”
And the other million-dollar question? “I mentioned on the show that I didn’t have a girlfriend, and now people want to know if I get hit on a bunch,” says Luna, a senior at the University of California, Irvine. “Unfortunately, that hasn’t really happened yet.”
Luna, who describes himself as a “fledgling writer/actor/director type,” is hoping his 15 minutes of fame segues into a career in entertainment. Until then, don’t be surprised if you see him on an upcoming episode of Jeopardy!
On My Desk: Louis Spisto
AS CEO AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of the Old Globe, Spisto oversees the theater’s year-round season of 15 plays and musicals (which attracts more than 250,000 attendees each year) and a budget of $20 million. He spearheaded the return of the Shakespeare Repertory Season and has brought to the Globe several new musicals, including the critically acclaimed A Catered Affair, the launch of the national tour of Tony Award–winning Avenue Q and the Broad way transfers Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life and the Twyla Tharp/Bob Dylan musical The Times They Are a-Changin’. Spisto also manages the Globe’s capital campaign to raise $75 million by the theater’s 75th anniversary in 2010. Launched in March 2006, the campaign has reached 75 percent of its goal.