During its more than four decades on television, “Wheel of Fortune” has made celebrities out of hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White. In fact, the two hosts are practically household names thanks to their years on the show.
Did you also know that their work on “Wheel of Fortune” has given each of them an award very few people achieve during their lifetime?
According to an article on Radio.com, both Sajak and White have been awarded with Guinness World Records thanks to their years of work on “Wheel of Fortune.”
Sajak holds the record for being the person to host the same game show longer than any other individual. He reportedly earned that award during March 2019. At that time, he had been on “Wheel of Fortune” for 35 years and 198 days.
Vanna White’s Guinness World Record is a bit more unexpected and unusual. According to Radio.com, White’s record involves her frequent clapping on “Wheel of Fortune.”
Anyone who has watched the show over the years knows that White claps her hands to show support for the players on the game show.
According to the article, White has been given the Guinness World Record award of “Television’s Most Frequent Clapper.”
She received this accolade during May 2014. At that time, she was averaging 600-plus claps during every episode of “Wheel of Fortune.”
This average worked out to a total of more than 3.7 million claps at the time of the award. One can’t help but wonder how many claps she has totaled as of February 2021.
How Many Contestants Have Won $1 Million on ‘Wheel of Fortune’?
According to the article on Radio.com, there have been on three – count it three – contestants who have won $1 million on “Wheel of Fortune.”
The first to win such a significant amount of money was Michelle Loewenstein. She reportedly won $1,026,080 during 2008. Loewenstein appeared on the show not long following her return from her honeymoon. “Lleaky faucet” was the solution to the last puzzle of her episode.
Loewenstein held the record for the most money won by a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune” until 2013. That year, according to Radio.com, contestant Autumn Ernhard won $1,030,340. She won the money by solving a puzzle with the phrase “tough workout.” She had also won $30,000 in other prizes during her episode.
The third and final $1 million winner was Sarah Manchester. She won her $1,017,490 earnings during 2014. Manchester, who was a math teacher at the time, won her money while appearing on “Teacher’s Week” on “Wheel of Fortune.” The solution to her puzzle was “loud laughter,” according to the article.
When another contestant will join the $1 million club remains to be seen. “Wheel of Fortune” fans will just have to keep watching their beloved game show to see what will happen.