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Winning $10,000 on a game show is a good cure for cold feet about buying a franchise.

By Devlin Smith

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As a contestant on the game show Press Your Luck, SteveChaput won a trip to London, a trip to Rome and $10,000. He gavethe London trip to his mother and took his future wife to theItalian capital. And the money? He didn't spend it on cars orjewels. Instead, Chaput, 41, saved it to invest in somethinghe'd had his eye on for quite some time: his own business.

When he went on the game show in 1985, Chaput was the West Coastsales rep for an athletic footwear company. He'd been thinkingabout buying a franchise for a while-he'd even visited somefranchising expos to see what was out there-but he had a good joband decided to stick with it.

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