Jackpot! And on national TV.
On Thursday night, Autumn Ernhard, 30, became the second person in the 30-year history of Wheel of Fortune to spin right and guess right – and end up with $1 million.
“I am in complete and utter shock,” the animal pharmaceuticals sales representative from Laguna Niguel, Ca., told ABC News. “I’m shaking. I came here today because I love the game, I wanted to have some fun and solve some puzzles – I feel like I’m in a dream!”
In the excitement that follows her win, it sounds like she was able to solve the two-word puzzle – with only a G, an R and two Ts to go on – as “Tough Workout,” “Because I work out,” she said.
“What?” said an incredulous host, Pat Sajak, when she got it right. Embraces from Sajak and co-host Vanna White followed as the confetti flew.
“Is this the first time you’ve won $1 million?” Sajak kidded her. (According to ABC, the show’s first $1 million winner was Michelle Lowenstein, in October of 2008.)
Sitting in the audience watching Ernhard play the game were her father Harold, her mother Francine and her fiancé Joey. For the final round, they were removed from the audience, to stand at the side of the stage.
“No one could believe it!” said Ernhard. “They were just off stage and couldn’t see what my prize was. They were celebrating the fact that I solved the puzzle. They kept asking me how much I won, and I had to keep repeating it because no one believed me at first.”
She said she’d use her winnings to help pay for her wedding. That should be some celebration.