‘Wheel of Fortune’: Here’s Vanna White’s Secret to Winning the Game

by Josh Lanier

If your goal is to win Wheel of Fortune then listen to Vanna White. As the controller of the big board since 1983, she knows what works and what doesn’t. And she has some tips on how to win.

In a 2017 interview with Entertainment Weekly, White explained one of the most valuable moves contestants should make. “Buy vowels.” She told the magazine that it’s the advice she gives to contestants who look nervous before taping.

It makes sense too. Vowels provide the structure and limit the options for the proceeding consonants. Despite them costing $250 each, they provide a wealth of knowledge. And White should also know because she makes a lot of the puzzles.

She told the magazine she’s a devotee of crossword puzzles and makes puzzles for the show all the time.

And even when she’s not on stage playing Wheel of Fortune, she’s playing the Wheel of Fortune: Puzzle Pop app on her phone. She told an interviewer in 2016 that she plays more than an hour some days.

Vanna White Sees ‘Wheel of Fortune’ As An Escape

Vanna White was on the Drew Barrymore’s Show in January and said Wheel of Fortune fans tune in for more than just a game. Barrymore said she totally understands that and understands why.

“It’s funny, but it’s true. I’ve watched you my whole life, and game shows to me were extremely comforting,” revealed host Drew Barrymore. “They were almost like medicine to me when I was growing up because I had such a kind of unorthodox life, they just made me feel a part of the conscious collective, and I loved watching them. And you were such a safe spot for me.”

Wheel of Fortune cover girl Vanna White notes that the show is wholesome and safe for the entire family to watch.

“You know, the thing about game shows, even today, decades later, it’s still a great time for your family to be together, you know, it’s an escape,” said White. “Right? There’s no drama. You see people win. It’s happy. It’s a good thing.”

She also reiterated that the camaraderie between her and host Pat Sajak is not staged. They’re very close. She even called him her work husband.

“I remember when I first started, and I turned to Pat in the makeup chair, and I said, ‘I wonder where we’ll be in ten years.’ And it’s been 38,” said White. “He’s my buddy. It’s so funny. He’s like my work husband, I guess you would say.”