Autumn Erhard Makes History, Wins $1 Million on Wheel of Fortune (VIDEO)
During its "Celebrating 30" theme week, Wheel of Fortune saw its second million dollar winner EVER!
Autumn Erhard, an animal pharmaceuticals sales representative ended up winning the overall show, amassing more than $30,000 in cash and prizes, but her biggest take-away had to be the million dollar wedge. The chanes of a contestant spinning that coveted spot is 1-in-72. But the contestant would also have to solve the puzzle, keep the wedge until the end of the game, never hit bankrupt, and beat the two other contestants — a nearly impossible series of events.
But Autumn did all of that, making it to the final round. Even here, though, Autumn would have had a 1-in-24 chance at spinning the million dollar prize in the bonus round and would still have to solve the final puzzle, a feat that seemed nearly impossible when only 4 letters out of 12 were showing on the board. The theme was "Thing," and before most viewers could even think of a guess, Autumn was instantly solving the puzzle, which was "Tough Workout."
The first person to win the big prize on Wheel was Michelle Lowenstein in 2008, during the first season the million dollars was introduced. This win seems like beautiful serendipity, though. Autumn is 30, was on Wheel on May 30 during the "Celebrating 30" week of the 30th season. Was it fate?