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Wheel of Fortune

Series Description

WHEEL OF FORTUNE, America’s Game®, is based on the popular game “Hangman.” Three contestants compete by spinning The Wheel and calling out consonants for money or prizes. Only the contestant who solves the puzzle wins the prizes he/she has amassed in the round. The contestant who has won the most cash and prizes at the end of the main game plays in the “Bonus Round” for additional prizes. Pat Sajak and Vanna White have hosted the show since its debut in syndication in 1983.

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1) Wheel of Fortune has been trademarked as “America’s Game®.”

2) When Wheel of Fortune won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 19, 2011 in a tie with Jeopardy!, Executive Producer Harry Friedman became the first-ever producer to tie himself in an Emmy category.

3) Executive Producer Harry Friedman holds two Guinness World Records for having the most Emmy nominations and wins of any game show producer – 41 and 13, respectively.

4) Since its syndication debut in 1983, Wheel of Fortune has awarded more than $200 million in cash and prizes to its contestants.

5) On May 30, 2013, Autumn Erhard became the biggest winner on Wheel of Fortune by winning $1 million in the bonus round and taking home a total of more than $1,030,000 in cash and prizes.

6) Since the introduction of the Million Dollar Bonus wedge in 2008, there have been 3 contestants who have each won $1 million dollars.

7) Over 120 million Americans have never known a world without Wheel of Fortune.

8) More than 10,000 people try out each year and fewer than 600 lucky contestants are selected to appear on the show.

9) Since 1988, Wheel of Fortune has taped on location a total of 63 times, in 27 different cities.

10) Pat Sajak received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994 but there was a mistake on the tribute. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce placed a film camera on the star instead of a TV set. This has since been corrected.