This Week's Contestant
|Hometown:||New Braunfels, TX|
POSTED on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
The big day had finally arrived, and I was up bright and early to catch the shuttle to the studios! When I arrived at the studios, I was greeted by the same smiling contestant coordinators that I had auditioned for a month and a half earlier in Texas. We were led to the green room, where we discussed rules, the game process, etcetera. As we were waiting for our turn to get in make-up, we were surprised by a sweet voice that said, Hi guys! It was Vanna White! She was very nice, and talking to her really helped calm my nerves. After make-up, we got to see the actual studio where they film. There it was: THE WHEEL! All of a sudden I realized, I am going to be on Wheel of Fortune today! I got to take some practice spins, and even got to film a Hometown Shout-Out for my local TV station back in New Braunfels, TX!
Next it was time to draw and see what show we would be on that day, and in what order we would spin. The first five shows were going to be themed NBA week, with the 6th show that day themed Americas Game. I drew the 6th show, so I got to sit through all 5 shows and watch all of my co-contestants. This really helped me get calm and ready to play my game!
It was finally time. I stepped up to the wheel platform and gazed in awe at my surroundings, the whole while, staying focused on the matter at hand: solving some puzzles! The first toss up came and went, and as the second toss up started, I immediately knew it! I buzzed in, correctly guessed it, and just like that, I had won $2000! That was all it took! I solved a couple more puzzles, then it was time for the prize puzzle. I immediately remembered my wife saying to me, If you have a chance to win a vacation, solve the puzzle! I knew the puzzle, but it was not my turn yet. The gentlemen that spun before me, if I remember correctly, landed on lose a turn. So, when it was my turn, (not being one to want to upset my wife), I opted to not spin and instead I solved the puzzle: CHARMING ISLAND HOSPITALITY! I asked Pat to please tell my wife where we were going, and it was St. Thomas! After winning the 3rd and final toss up, I wrapped up my Wheel of Fortune round, solving the final puzzle as well! I was going to the bonus round with $18,700 in cash & prizes!
I gave the bonus wheel a good spin, took out the envelope, and handed it to Pat. He then led me over to my X on the floor. It was time to do this I kept telling myself. A three word puzzle came up with two letters in the first, three letters in the second, and five letters in the third word. RSTNL E came up with only 1-N, 1-T, & 1-E. I was thinking it out and looking at the puzzle board above. When the clock started, it just hit me: DO NOT BUDGE! I had solved the Bonus puzzle! Was this for real? Then Pat opened the envelope and showed me that I had won $30,000! WOW! I was so pumped that I actually bear-hugged Pat off of the ground (Sorry Pat)! My wife quickly met me out on the floor with a huge hug and kiss, and we smiled and celebrated!
My experience was so awesome from start to finish, and the entire staff was so professional, courteous, & helpful! I plan on putting money in both of my boys college funds, and buying my amazing wife something nice for being so supportive on my Wheel Journey!