That’s right, Outsiders. No other celebrity has ever won the one million dollar prize on the celerity version of the beloved game show. And even on the standard, syndicated “Wheel of Fortune” show, only three winners have brought home the pot since they introduced the Million-Dollar Wedge in 2008.
Hart competed against fellow celebrities Titus Burgess and Lacey Chabert on last night’s show, per PopCulture. She’ll be donating her winnings to Youth Villages, an organization that focuses on helping kids who struggle with emotional, mental, and behavioral problems. Even the organization didn’t find out about Hart’s million-dollar win until the show aired last night.
So, just how did Hart come by that “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” win? Some might chalk it up to magic, based on the recent 25th anniversary of “Sabrina The Teenage Witch.”
“I would like to say witchcraft was involved,” Hart told USA Today. “But to be honest, I prayed a lot more than any kind of sorcery. I literally prayed every round, especially that winning round. I’d close my eyes and say, ‘God, give me focus and calm and let me just read these letters.'”
And Hart did just that, managing to land on the Million-Dollar Wedges twice and solve both puzzles. While doing so, she also had to beat out her fierce competition. Lacey Chabert managed to solve the first puzzle without any clues, after all.
“Lacey is a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ shark,” Hart said. “In the first round, she was killing it. I just couldn’t see the words as fast as she could.”
But Hart didn’t go into her “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” appearance totally unprepared.
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Melissa Joan Hart mentioned how she grew up watching “Wheel of Fortune” every night. “My mom used to watch the show every night before dinner,” the star shared with USA Today. But Hart also put the extra work in to sharpen her skills.
For weeks, every night after putting her 9-year-old son Tucker to bed, Hart would practice the game on the “Wheel of Fortune” app. “I wasn’t going to go in there blind; I’m a prepared person,” she said.
And her preparation paid off. Hart remembered the moment she knew she solved the Bonus Round, getting “Bran Muffin” correct.
“Vanna White’s face turned white,” Hart shared. “Vanna looked at me and was like, ‘You got it! You got it!’ I hit the roof. She hit the roof. It was super exciting and pretty nerve-wracking; I rarely win game shows.”
Now, Hart’s $1,039,800 winnings will go to Youth Villages. But the “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” actor wanted to bring something home for herself too. So she asked production if she could keep the Million Dollar Wedge.
“They had to ask the prop people, ‘Can we make more of these?’ ” Hart said. “So not only did I win the million, I stole the million-dollar card.”
Vanna White and Pat Sajak even signed the card, and it now hangs in Hart’s home in Nashville, Tennesee. She also held onto her show nametag and some of the winning confetti. It’s been rough keeping her success a secret, but Hart managed it.
“I didn’t leak it,” the actress said. “I was like, ‘Guys, you’ll have to watch me on ‘Wheel of Fortune.’ It’s going to be epic.'”