A Wheel of Fortune contestant, Alysia, just made it big with a $13,250 prize and a trip to St. Thomas.
Like many Wheel of Fortune videos, the comments on the clip were overwhelmingly positive, cheering her on and saying that she did a great job. That’s all a part of the Wheel of Fortune charm, wholesomeness and fun in the game and out.
Alysia isn’t the only contestant to win big recently. One contestant, Victoria Rice, won over 100,000.
“A few years ago I got an email from Wheel of Fortune asking me to do a 60-second video, and I was too shy and didn’t do it. Later on, every time I solved a puzzle, my boyfriend would say ‘That could have been you,’ and I got sick of him saying it. So I applied, and here I am today,” she wrote in a post.
She also shared that she and her mother used to watch the show together, which made her win that much more wonderful.
Wheel of Fortune has provided guests like Victoria and Alysia with joyful moments since 1975. For host Pat Sajak, the fact that the show, which is basically hangman, has been so successful for so long is shocking.
Pat Sajak said ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Has had Many Generations tuning in
When you’ve been on the air for as long as Wheel of fortune, you get to air over the course of multiple generations. In a 2013 interview, Sajak commented on just how much time has flown by.
“We’re into our third generation of viewers,” he said, “It’s kind of spooky. And, you know, we’re just playing hangman. That’s what it is. And, you know, it’s turned into this multi-generational success.” Now, almost ten years later, the show is definitely in its third generation of viewers.
The show has been on the air for over four decades, and while Sajak has expressed surprise, he also knows the show has a recipe for success. Unlike many other non-scripted shows, Wheel of Fortune is both entertaining and wholesome. It provides calm in a sea of reality tv chaos.
“Nobody gets hurt; everybody gets treated with respect. We have fun, we laugh, we play our game, and we go home,” Sajak told WWLP 22 news. For those who just want to relax and play along, Wheel of Fortune provides a space where that’s possible.