‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant Cashes in on Prize Puzzle Round for a Trip to Costa Rica

by John Jamison

Yet another contestant on “Wheel of Fortune” has earned herself an all-expenses-paid vacation to a tropical country. In a recent episode, Bethany won the prize puzzle round, and in addition to a bag of cash, she won a trip to Costa Rica.

It all began when she spun the wheel and landed on the hit-or-miss express wedge. And since there were no vowels left for her to guess, her job was a little easier. But it’s a high-risk, high-reward situation, no matter how you spin it.

“If you do the Express thing, you keep calling consonants and no vowels left. You get a thousand for each one. You miss any letter, it’s a bankrupt. Are you going to do this?” Pat Sajak explained.

After some encouragement from the crowd, Bethany resolved to accept the challenge.

“Oh, she had her coy look and now she’s going to do it. That’s C-O-Y, by the way. Alright, Bethany. Let’s start with a letter.” Sajak continued.

After guessing a “C” correctly, Bethany made short work of the puzzle. And after getting the “J” in the word “majestic,” it was clear she knew what the answer was. But that’s the beauty of the express wedge. Every extra consonant she guessed before solving was an additional thousand dollars on top of the prize.

The “Wheel of Fortune” contestant had the entire puzzle spelled out before she guessed.

“Majestic Waterfalls!” Bethany called out.

“There you go. And you’re going to Costa Rica!” Pat Sajak said, revealing the contents of the prize envelope. Naturally, Bethany was ecstatic at the news. And why wouldn’t she be? Things are opening back up, and a trip to Costa Rica might be exactly what the doctor ordered.

‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’ Is Coming Back for Season 2

Fans of the regular “Wheel of Fortune” will be excited to learn that the celebrity version of the show got renewed for another season. All that means is more puzzles, more spins, and more prizes. The catch, however, is that the celebrities will be donating all of the prize money to charity.

Executive producer Mike Richards and “Wheel of Fortune” are taking a page from the “Jeopardy!” playbook. The interim guest hosts on the trivia game show have been choosing charities, and the show has been matching the contestants’ winnings in the form of donations.

But aside from that and a few cosmetic differences, the newer offering of the show will provide the same gameplay that we all know and love.

“We’ve jazzed up the set a bit, made it look a little more prime-timey, whatever that means. And it’s going to be a different kind of vibe. We want (the contestants) to play a good, solid game, but we’re mainly there to have fun. It’ll be a little lighter in attitude,” Pat Sajak told Entertainment Weekly.