Hooker exits contest

The Associated Press

LAS VEGASÄA married prostitute who created a national stir by entering the Mrs. Nevada International contest didn't win a crown, but she's getting a chance to earn some royalties.

Winchester, a 53-year-old grandmother who represented Virginia City, has been flooded with book offers and calls from tabloid TV shows.

She said she's even considering an offer from Playboy to pose but probably will decline out of respect for her family.

''My work is done on a one-on-one basis in a house,'' she said. ''Nude pictorials are forever and national.''

The winner of the pageant Saturday night was Kathy Yanke, a 32-year-old mother of three from northwest Las Vegas. Winchester had expected to place at least fifth among 12 contestants but the judges eliminated her entirely.

Prostitution is legal in parts of Nevada, and there are no pageant rules against it.

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