Wheel of Fortune Recap Part Two

So we left off yesterday right before Sizzlemaker actually taped Wheel of Fortune.

Here’s what you need to remember: Sizzlemaker was set to face-off against a 20-year-old college student from Idaho and a 29-year-old paramedic from Washington.

But first our make-up had to be touched up!  Not gonna lie: being pampered was one of the best parts!

Because we were the sixth episode, we had a different theme and air week.  This episode was titled America’s Game and just so happened to be the 5,000 episode of the syndicated version.  Unfortunately, this milestone didn’t mean more money or any special prizes.  Rather, Pat and Vanna shared some interesting facts and clips and had a huge, beautifully-designed cake at the end.  One of the facts revealed: to date, WoF has given out more than a trillion dollars in cash and prizes!

Before our taping began, we did a few more practice spins and went over last-minute tips to get into the right mindset.  And then, as they say in the biz, it was showtime!

We’re not going to give the puzzles or the answers, so you can play along when the show airs.

But we will tell you the results.

The overall winner got about $20,000, including trips to Mexico and San Francisco.

The second place winner got about $8,000.

And the contestant in third (aka last) got $1,300.

And where did we fall?  Dead last.  Yep, we got $1,300–no more, no less.  Kind of pathetic, we know, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying!  Luck, more than anything, played  a role in the game (and the others we saw taped), allowing the other players to go on “rolls,” with spin after spin, essentially locking out the other players–usually Sizzlemaker.  Except for the Toss-Ups, which we admit were kind of hard and undecipherable at the point at which the others solved them, Sizzlemaker knew the answers but never even got the chance to spin, much less solve.  In fact, Sizzlemaker only got about 4-6 spins, whereas the other players managed 20!  It’s kind of hard to rack up money with those odds!

Still, we were more than grateful for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate.  As it said in our information packet, “You’ve accomplished a lot just by qualifying to be a potential contestant.  Tens of thousands of people try to get auditions for the show in every city we visit.  Only a few get a chance to try out.  Even fewer pass the audition.  Congratulations on getting this far in the contestant select process.”

So who DID win the show?  And did he or she win the bonus round?  Well, you’ll just have to tune in on February 27th to find out.  We can’t spoil everything!

5 Responses to “Wheel of Fortune Recap Part Two”

  1. You sure about that one trillion dollars worth of prizes? That would mean, in 5000 shows, they give away an average of 200 million dollars each time. Even one billion dollars would mean $200,000 per episode, which your episode wasn’t close to handing out.

    That’s just a side note. It sounds like it was a lot of fun.

  2. Bobby,

    It is possible we misheard. Hard to concentrate on Pat’s little spiel when you’re so focused on spinning and winning!

    Make sure you tune in when the episode airs in Feb., so you can hear the exact amount he gave.

    Thanks for reading,

  3. Awww, I was hoping you would win more :(. It’s too bad you made i that far, and your fate determined by an mean wheel. I guess thats why they call it wheel of fortune.

  4. I would just give it up for you standing up there and guessing anything! It would have buckled my knees, just fixed there and knowing I was on TV, wow! Guess I’m just a “baby”, but am certain the adrenaline was a flowing in many a contestant. Kudos to you sizzlemaker! I probably wouldn’t even qualify to get on the show 🙂 ?

  5. pat said “over 400 trillion”

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