‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant Wins Two Trips, Reveals Strategy

by Jennifer Shea

On a recent episode of Wheel of Fortune, contestant Angela won two trips – to Costa Rica and to Disneyland – plus a whole lot of cash. And in a new video posted by the official Wheel of Fortune Instagram account, Angela revealed how she did it.

“Buying vowels and just using logic when it comes to certain puzzles,” Angela said of her strategy going into the game.

Angela appeared on Wheel of Fortune during the show’s “Secret Santa Week,” in which randomly selected viewers at home get to win the same prizes as the contestants. Watch the video of Angela’s comments here:

Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White Helped Pat Sajak’s Daughter to Do Her Job

Meanwhile, it’s not all fun, games and dream vacations on the Wheel of Fortune set. They had a bit of a bumpy spell two years ago. When Pat Sajak had to undergo emergency surgery back in 2019, someone had to fill in for him on Wheel of Fortune. That someone ended up being Vanna White. But her decision to take over as host left an opening for a letter-turner.

And so it fell to Maggie Sajak, Pat Sajak’s daughter, to turn the letters during her father’s absence. But White’s job is not as easy as it looks. To adequately prep Maggie for her new role, White had to go over to the Sajak house and offer Maggie a little lesson in how to do the job.

“She gave me a little tutorial, like on our refrigerator, of how to press the letters and how hard to press them and all of that,” Maggie told Yahoo Entertainment this month. “She was so gracious in teaching me, and you know, she had a big job to do that week too, filling in for my dad. So it was a new experience for both of us, and I’m really glad we were able to do that together.”

It worked out well for everyone. Maggie is now Wheel of Fortune’s social correspondent, White is back to her normal job and Sajak is proud of how both of them handled his absence.

“He was really glad that it was something that we could kind of keep it in the family because it was a crazy time,” Maggie added. “He had this emergency that happened and so there was a lot going on, so to kind of be able to simplify it and keep it all rolling. I think he was really thankful for that.”

Sajak and White to Stay On Until 2024 At Least

Maggie’s duties as social correspondent include sharing exclusive videos, behind-the-scenes tidbits and conversations with hosts, staff, crew and contestants.

But that’s not the only change the show made this year.

This autumn, Wheel of Fortune announced a new deal that would maintain Sajak and White’s presence on the show until at least 2024, per Variety. As part of that deal, Sajak also took on the role of consulting producer on the show, on top of his hosting responsibilities.