‘Wheel of Fortune’: The Price of a Vowel Has Remained the Same Since 1983

by Halle Ames

Believe it or not, to buy a vowel on the Wheel of Fortune, the price has incredibly stayed the same for the last 38 years.

Since 1983, the price of buying a vowel has stayed the same on the game show Wheel of Fortune. For reference, the cost of a new home in 1983 was around $90,000, gas was $1.24, and milk was $2.24.

Furthermore, to spin the magical wheel and purchase a vowel will set you back around the same price as a nice pair of shoes or roughly $250, reports Audacy.

“I’d like to buy a vowel.” “Yes, ma’am or sir, no matter the year, you are still looking at $250.”

Even though other prices have adjusted to inflation, not the simple little vowel. In fact, according to the Inflation Calculator, if you bought something in 1983 for $250, the same item would cost you a pretty penny at over $670.

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On the other hand, who wants to talk about spending money? The reason you go on the Wheel of Fortune is to win some! It’s not called the Wheel of Unfortunate.

And while plenty of people have won thousands of dollars, only three have won really big, hitting or surpassing the $1 million mark.

The website notes that the first-ever contestant to hit gold on the show was Michelle Loewenstein in 2008. After guessing her final puzzle, which was “leaky faucet,” She won the $1,026,080 prize shortly after returning from her honeymoon. Talk about good timing and a good use of the money.

The Wheel of Fortune didn’t see that kind of payout again until May of 2013. Autumn Ernhard took home $1,030,340 after solving the puzzle “tough workout” with only four letters on the board. In addition, she won $30,000 earlier on the Wheel of Fortune.

Only a year later, math teacher Sarah Manchester was a contestant on the show and was the last (so far) to join the winner’s circle… or triangle. She took home $1,017,490 in earnings after winning The Wheel of Fortune’s ‘Teacher’s Week.’

However, the most ever won in the main portion of the show was by Matt Desanto, who racked in $91,000 after being victorious on every puzzle. That’s still an impressive amount of money. But to be one of the big winners, you’ll have to put your alphabet and grammar skills to the test. There’s also a bit of luck involved as well. After all, many contestants are at the mercy of the wheel.