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This is how you win $1 million on 'Wheel of Fortune'

Autumn Erhard becomes only the second million-dollar grand prize winner in show's history

By MSN TV May 31, 2013 9:48AM

'Wheel of Fortune'/ABC


By Michelle Strub



With only four of the 12 letters flipped over in the bonus round puzzle, Autumn Erhard still solved it in two seconds flat -- winning her the $1 million grand prize. This is in addition to the $30-something thousand she had already picked up in the earlier rounds (including trips to Belize and Arizona).


A 30-year-old wins $30,000 on May 30 during the 30th anniversary week on "Wheel of Fortune" (and then goes on to win an additional $1 million)? Is luck even the right word for this?


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Think about it this way: For a contestant to even have a chance at taking home the million dollar prize ...

  • The contestant must collect the million dollar wedge (from the 24 wedges on the wheel) during the regular rounds and be the one who solves the puzzle after picking it up
  • Make it to the bonus round without getting a bankrupt
  • The usual $100,000 cash prize wedge is then replaced by a $1 million wedge on the bonus round wheel and the contestant must then land on the million dollar wedge again (out of another 24 wedges)
  • Lastly, the contestant has to solve the bonus round puzzle in 10 seconds


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How in the world did Autumn solve the bonus puzzle? Your guess is as good as ours, given the circumstances. You can hear her mutter in shock right after her win, "It's because I work out."


Watch for yourself: 


"Wheel of Fortune" airs weeknights on ABC.

Sep 21, 2013 9:21AM

Its only a game show, for  heaven sakes, I'll take the winnings anytime, no matter how much,,,,,,,


They have to be careful in whom they choose, no one ever knows all the facts,,,,  ,,,,,,,everyone  is checked out , you think they are going to let anyone on,,,,,,,,,


people stop complaining , its only a game show,,,,,,,,,,

Sep 21, 2013 9:18AM


 She is lucky she won and anyone would be happy to win even the 500, thous,,,,,,,,,,,,


Whats the beef all about here, Its a game show>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Sep 18, 2013 7:23PM
How hard is it to read a board with three words on it. Plain and simple he screwed up. For the guy who
claims he'll never watch the show again, he doesn't watch it now or he would know that a woman
just won a million  during the last couple of weeks.

Sep 18, 2013 6:18PM

we have to pay our country for all the protections we have-fire depts., roads and bridges, rules etc.

530,000 is still a landfall

weather Obama or any other president, we have the best country

Sep 18, 2013 2:54PM
 I've been Around for a minute on earth Remember the game SHow   The  $64,000  Question.   As a staple program In my Household The question always arose about  RECEIVING the  $64,000 winning.   Iearned during that time of how taxes must be paid on Prize winnings, be they money or tangibles.    I can see more And more Why the  United   States Is so Low on The list Of countries with knowledgeable people.  Just watch The  Jay  Leno  show Segment Of Jaywalking.   It's amazing how dumb some folks are, particularly the Younger generation  - college age young people or college students.  Thank You  Reality  TV,  Kardashians,   Housewives. And more.  Educational ?  I don't Think So.
Aug 5, 2013 7:14PM
This prize was won like 2 weeks after they started it.  Not sure why this is being explained now though.
Aug 5, 2013 1:25PM
Isn't the million dollar wedge only one third the size of the regular wedges? That would make it one out of 72, or just over a one percent chance to get it.
Aug 5, 2013 12:34PM
she didn't really win a million.  After taxes she will get about 500,000.  A far cry from the million they hype it up to do you say scam?
Aug 5, 2013 12:19PM
I was discriminated against by Wheel of Future because I am tall 5'11".  At  a Wheel of Fortune try out they pulled my name and I solved the puzzle. I was suppose to get a call to go to the next step, but never did.  The stand in host for Pat said "wow you are tall" when standing next to me. If you watch the show like I have since I was a little girl, you will never see a female contestant that is taller than Pat.  I am hahpy of Autumn that she won the $1M but if she wasn't short, she wouldn't be there. 
May 31, 2013 3:25PM
I almost forgot , this is in California/ she might get even less so she can help pay for the broke state
May 31, 2013 3:24PM
the chicago gangster and his friends have to get theirs
May 31, 2013 3:23PM
about half a million    that's all due to these lovely taxes of obama
May 31, 2013 1:03PM
after taxes, how much will she get????????????????
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