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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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Originally created by Merv Griffin in 1975 as an NBC daytime show, Wheel of Fortune is based on the popular game "Hangman."
Pat Sajak and Vanna White have hosted the show since its debut in syndication in 1983. Jim Thornton became the show's announcer in 2011.

Three contestants compete by spinning The Wheel and calling out consonants for money or prizes. Once a contestant has earned some money, they are able to buy vowels for $250 each. The contestant who has won the most cash and prizes at the end of the main game goes on to play in the "Bonus Round" for additional prizes. No one leaves Wheel of Fortune empty-handed; each contestant is awarded a minimum of $1,000 cash.

Some of the exciting game elements include:
"Million Dollar Wedge": If a contestant collects the wedge, solves the puzzle and makes it to the "Bonus Round" without hitting bankrupt, they will be playing for a top cash prize of $1 million on the Bonus Wheel.

"Free Play": It gives contestants the choice to buy a vowel for free, call a consonant to earn $500 each or solve the puzzle. Right or wrong, the contestant will continue their turn.

"Wild Card": Gives the option to call an additional consonant either in the regular rounds of play or in the "Bonus Round."
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