‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant’s Historic Win Ends in Near Disaster for Vanna White

by Emily Morgan

One “Wheel of Fortune” contestant had their life changed when they won the prize of a lifetime, yet it almost ended in catastrophe.

On Tuesday, sixth-grade teacher Laura Trammell made “Wheel of Fortune” history when she became the show’s first contestant to win a brand new house.

After making it to the bonus round, Trammell’s luck and clever puzzle-solving paid off when she won the keys to a brand new house in the Latitude Margaritaville community.

According to Yahoo Entertainment, when Trammell entered into the bonus round, she already had an impressive $23,690 in prize money. For the Calif. resident, her luck kept getting better. “Wheel of Fortune” is currently promoting its “Home Sweet Home” giveaway. The show has partnered with Latitude Margaritaville and Minto to offer contestants the chance to earn a home in the final round of gameplay.

Vanna White’s Close-Call with Confetti on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

After spinning the wheel, Trammell impressed everyone when she solved the last puzzle, which read, “I caught a glimpse.”

In a moment she’ll never forget, “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak opened her envelope to reveal she was the lucky winner of a brand new pad.

It gets even better: her new digs are estimated at $375,000, bringing her total prize money to $398,690. “This is just nuts,” Sajak told a stunned Trammell. She was left speechless as the show headed into the commercial break. By the time the show came back from its commercial, all Trammell could utter was three words. All she could say was that she was “still in shock.”

“I am beyond excited, I’m still in shock. I still can’t believe it just happened.” Despite the celebration, it almost ended in disaster for co-host, Vanna White.

After Trammell’s win, the “Wheel of Fortune” set was blasted with confetti. The confetti was supposed to add more magic to the moment. However, it seems one of those confetti canons got too close for comfort for White.

“First thing, I have to tell you that, when you won, Vanna was running across the stage, and the confetti came out, and you got whacked in the head by a clump of confetti,” Sajak said.

In the video, viewers can see White briefly shielding her head as she walked over to the host. Fortunately, she was unharmed in the celebration. “Thank goodness, it wasn’t my eye,” she said. “You could’ve put your eye out!” Sajak exclaimed.