Autumn Erhard Wins $1,000,000 Grand Prize on “Wheel of Fortune”
The confetti fell on Wheel of Fortune Thursday night. For the first time in five years, a contestant spun the $1,000,000 envelope and won. On Thursday’s edition of Wheel Autumn Erhard became only the second person ever to take hom the million dollar top prize. Autumn spun the $1,000,000 wedge in the main game, solved the puzzles, avoided Bankrupt, and beat the competition to take the top prize (along with the $30,000 in cash and prizes she had locked up).
The Wild Card she won during the main game was the key to winning. The Wild Card letter of “G” was the only additional letter she got for the final puzzle. To the complete shock of Pat Sajak she solved the puzzle instantly and took home the $1,000,000 prize. Autumn finished with a total of $1,030,340. This is the biggest win in the nearly 40 year history of the franchise and 30 year history of the current syndicated edition.
“I am in complete and utter shock,” said the newly minted millionaire. “I’m shaking. I came here today because I love the game, I wanted to have some fun and solve some puzzles – I feel like I’m in a dream! No one could believe it! They were just off stage and couldn’t see what my prize was. They were celebrating the fact that I solved the puzzle,” Erhard added. “They kept asking me how much I won, and I had to keep repeating it because no one believed me at first.”
There are few things better on television than seeing someone win the jackpot on a show. It’s incredibly rare to see a million dollar winner on most game shows these days, let alone Wheel of Fortune where it’s incredibly hard to win. The equally-incredibly hard puzzle she had to solve, with practically no help, made it even more memorable. Congratulations to Autumn.
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