Just when “Wheel of Fortune” fans thought they’d seen it all, the show shocked them again with an unprecedented third grand prix win in a week.
For the third day in a row, the contestant who made it to the game show bonus round not only managed to solve the puzzle, but also won the top prize of $100,000, which has never been done in the series’ nearly 40-year history. Not only was the grand prize payout not dispensed more than once in a single week, but this latest streak also occurred on consecutive days.
After Tuesday’s surprising second straight win, Yahoo Entertainment reports that Sajak opened the show by joking about how much money has been doled out in the past 48 hours.
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“On Monday we gave out $100,000 in the bonus round,” the host said. “Yesterday we gave out $100,000 in the bonus round. So, for budgetary considerations, rather than money, we are playing tonight for cold cuts. »
Competitor Bree Yokouchi managed to solve the final puzzle, which read “wait”, prompting Sajak to open the envelope and reveal for the third time this week that the confetti cannons were about to explode.
“Who’s booking my trip to Vegas?” he said before leaving the set jokingly, frustrated.
Sajak unpacked the historic “Wheel of Fortune” moment in a conversation with his daughter, Maggie, which they posted to Twitter as part of an ongoing series in which he video chats with her from school.
“I lack words to describe my reactions. ‘Stunned’, ‘surprised’, I don’t know anymore. Everything is insufficient”, he added. he added.
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Yokouchi’s victory comes after contestant Lisa Kramer won the grand prize on Monday, taking home a total of $116,700 in prize money. On Tuesday’s episode, contestant Mark Baer pulled off the historic feat of winning the $100,000 grand prize on Tuesday, with total earnings of $126,550.
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Sajak noted in his conversation with his daughter that there are no rules prohibiting someone from winning the $100,000 grand prize for a fourth straight night, no matter what kind of pressure that may put on them. the show’s portfolio. However, he made sure to note how incredibly unlikely the odds are.