Tyler Wentworth, a Davenport, Iowa native, won big on “Wheel of Fortune” this Memorial Day evening. After solving a rather difficult bonus round puzzle, he walked away with a total of $56,180 in prizes. Not only did he win $26,400 in cash, Tyler scored a brand new Chevy Camaro worth $29,780!
According to the “Wheel of Fortune” Twitter video clip, he chose letters: “RSTLNE” and “HDGO” for the topic “event”. Luckily, Tyler guesses the correct answer being “CHARITY AUCTION.” As soon as the contestant wins the puzzle, he immediately hops right into the passenger seat of the shiny, blue two-door sports car. He continues to wave at the audience with a big smile plastered across his face.
‘Wheel of Fortune’ Winner: Who’s Tyler Wentworth?
A long-time fan of the game show, Tyler Wentworth admits to regularly watching it during dinnertime. He then decided to take his chances and apply as a contestant.
According to iHeart.com, after being invited to participate in a virtual audition, Tyler described being “so impressed with the Zoom audition where I competed against other contestants. I felt the adrenaline rushing through me as if I was truly playing the game.”
Tyler currently lives in San Diego. He works for a men’s grooming company as the director of social media. Prior to his winnings today, he planned on putting the money towards a dream of owning a home in the California desert. Also, he wanted to spend any extra cash on thrifting and collecting mid-century modern decor.
WHOA! Check out Tyler’s new wheels. 👀 pic.twitter.com/spo9YmN03d— Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) June 1, 2021
Host Pat Sajak Pays Tribute on Memorial Day
A U.S. Army veteran, Pat Sajak volunteered his service during the Vietnam War. He enlisted as a DJ on Armed Forces Radio, after he joined in 1968.
The game show host made a point to share his experience and pay tribute to others as well on Twitter.
“I joined the Army in 1968 and was sent to Vietnam where I had the relatively safe duties of finance clerk and, later, broadcaster. So many others did not return, as is true in every war. I salute their memories and their sacrifice. #MemorialDay.”
According to Military.com, Sajak has since maintained a high degree of respect for veterans and service members. He likens his work on Armed Forces Radio to what the USO provides, and notes that continuing to hear Vietnam veterans thank him is still humbling. Furthermore, Sajak has stated that veterans should receive more respect than they currently do.