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Thanks for the excellent description. What you are looking for is the 1970s vintage Electro-Match table lighter by Korex Industries.
It should look like this,
though there were many other colors including white, red, clear Lucite and some different sizes too. Here's one in cream and with a demo of its operation.
and instructions for filling:
It's a neat piece with a great 'atomic' shape and unique lighting mechanism.
These come up for sale on eBay quite frequently, and in an auction format you should be able to obtain it in your $30 - $40 budget range.
Here's one that's currently listed on eBay:
You can buy them at full retail on line if you wish: here's a mustard yellow example listed on Etsy for $80.
I do hope this helps and good luck with the hunt!
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Many thanks. R.