‘Wheel of Fortune’: Watch Contestants Learn They Could Win New Home This Week

by John Jamison
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“Wheel of Fortune” has seen plenty of big prizes over the course of its 45-plus year history. A few people have even gone home with a million dollars. But from April 26-30, contestants on “Wheel of Fortune” will be competing with a chance to win a brand new home at a Latitude Margaritaville community in the Southeast United States.

The week’s contestants were informed of the potential prize while they were all gathered together on set. You can watch them react to the news below.

In the video, a spokesman for the show broke the prize down for the contestants.

“This prize that you have a chance to win this week is really, really cool. Every one of you, this week, will have a chance to win a home at Latitude Margaritaville!” he said. His enthusiasm was met with cheers and whoops from the contestants.

The ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Prize

According to the video, the value of the home up for grabs is roughly $375,000. That’s a pretty massive haul for a game show where contestants are generally winning closer to $10-50,000. On average, the total value of everything given away on the show per episode comes out to around $50k.

Per the “Wheel of Fortune” website, contestants would get to choose their location. The available homes are all located in Florida and South Carolina, spread between Watersound, Daytona, and Hilton Head. People at home are welcome to enter a giveaway that promises the same prize. All you have to do is follow along this week and write down the Bonus Round Puzzle answers. Then head to the website and enter them for a chance to win.

Biggest Prizes Ever Won on the Show

There have only ever been three million-dollar winners in the history of “Wheel of Fortune.” Interestingly, the first came in 2008, over 30 years after the show began.

Michelle Loewenstein was the first ever to win such an amount, bringing home $1,026,080 shortly after wrapping up her honeymoon. Then a few years later in 2013, Autumn Erhard won pretty much the same amount. In 2014, a math teacher named Sarah Manchester became the third.

In a span of just six years, three players hauled in a million dollars each. Of course, that figure comes before taxes. As we know, the game show tax rate can get up to a brutal 37%. But still, not bad days at the office for those winners. If a contestant can win a house this week, they won’t be far off those numbers.

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