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Wheel of Fortune

Series Description

Three contestants compete by spinning The Wheel and calling out consonants for money or prizes. The first contestant to solve the puzzle wins the prizes he/she has amassed in the round, while the others’ banks are depleted. The contestant who has won the most cash and prizes at the end of the main game is the big winner and plays in the “Bonus Round” for additional prizes.

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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.) In 2013, Executive Producer Harry Friedman was recognized by Guinness World Records for having the most Emmy nominations and wins of any game show producer – 37 and 11, 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. This was the show’s second-ever $1 million bonus round win, the first cam

e on October 14, 2008 when contestant Michelle Loewenstein won the prize. 6.) Wheel of Fortune’s original name was “Shoppers Bazaar” and included a wheel that was much bigger and featured carnival sound effects.

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

8.) Since 1988, Wheel of Fortune has taped on location a total of 61 times, in 26 different cities.

9.) Pat Sajak received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994 but there is a mistake on the tribute. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce placed a film camera on the star instead of a TV set.

10.) Wheel of Fortune has been produced “locally” in 45 territories including Egypt, Malaysia, Vietnam, Panama and Estonia. International broadcasters license the format rights and produce the show in their own language.
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