‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant Explains How Appearing on Show Is ‘Fastest 22 Minutes of Your Life’

by Madison Miller

Some people patiently wait their entire lives for the opportunity to get onto a popular game show like “Wheel of Fortune.”

The process isn’t easy and there’s millions of other people hoping for that same experience every year.

After potentially applying multiple times and waiting years to get on the show, it all goes by rather quickly. An upcoming contestant on “Wheel of Fortune” spoke with the Green Bay Press-Gazette about his quick experience on the show.

Devin Dugan’s episode will air on Thursday, May 13. While his episode isn’t airing until this week, Dugan was actually filming for the show while Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was guest-hosting “Jeopardy!” The two shared a common Green Bay connection.

Dugan had been a fan of the show since he was a kid and finally decided to audition. This year, auditioning has switched to a virtual format due to COVID-19. He submitted his virtual audition and was eventually told he made it to the final cut.

By the time he got to Stage 11 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, time flew by. “It goes by fast. It’s kind of a whirlwind of a day, especially when they tape the episode. They tell you ahead of time it’s going to be the fastest 22 minutes of your life, and it really is. Before you know it, it’s over,” Dugan told the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

After being selected amidst a million other contestants and making the trek to California, money, prizes, celebrities, and television all get thrown at the “Wheel of Fortune” contestant simultaneously.

Fans still have to wait and see how Dugan does during his whirlwind 22 minutes on the show. He gets at least $1,000 from the experience as a bare minimum. He was so overwhelmed by the experience that watching the episode will seem new to him as well.

“I’m excited to watch it myself, because I don’t remember anything that happened,” Dugan admitted.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant Solves Before the Buzzer

Only Dugan, and probably his immediate family, know how he did on the show so far.

Other contestants on the “Wheel of Fortune” stage have used their 22 minutes to showcase an absurd level of puzzle knowledge. A recent contestant on the show named Adam showed that his brain solves puzzles faster than the studio can start a timer.

After selecting his letters for the bonus puzzle and watching them appear, Adam had a huge grin on his face, implying that he already knew the answer. As soon as that buzzer goes off, he’s quick to give a confident answer.

He earned $38,000 in those quick few seconds. His total earnings from his time on “Wheel of Fortune” were $56,900. Despite it all being a quick experience, it’s likely still pretty unforgettable.