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WoF 10/14/08: First Million Dollar Winner

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Published on Oct 14, 2008

I can't believe it happened that quickly either. :D

The $26,080 from the maingame was accumulated during Toss-Up 2, Round 1 (4 N's on 2500 space + prize puzzle: trip to Hawaii, about 18k total), and Round 2 ($5100 with major help from a couple of $800 spins).

Skeptics believing it was too easy - yes, a prize puzzle always helps, but it was only $5200: the N's in the 1st round vaulted her ahead, and when $10k was amassed in the second round by another player, she couldn't finish off "SKYLINE". $7000 from 2 S's on the $3500 space was washed away by a Bankrupt by another player as well. Granted she wasn't dominant late, and never had any close calls...but in the end, it comes down to this:

1/24 chance of landing on the $1mil slip in the Bonus Round. She barely made it to the W instead of the I, which could have just as well had 25k - that, no matter what you think the maingame has become, is ALL luck. She doesn't say A in the puzzle, she's doomed as well - CDMA is the most common, but we've seen CDMO and CDMI as well. And then other combos like PDHI/O would have gotten no help at all.

Michelle's reaction on WOF's Contestant Blog: http://www.wheeloffortune.com/contest...

Viewing party story: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?se....


10/20 - Another $1mil bonus round occured tonight. The puzzle was not solved, but she landed on the exact same letter - the W in WIN - which held $30k. The million was behind the I in WIN. So 3 out of 4 times, the million has been two spaces or lower away.
11/17 - 30000+! Also, a near-$1mil win, sorta tonight, but it was still $100k!
2/16 - See brand-new video response.

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