Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Susan Myers has been a diehard Wheel of Fortune fan for decades.
That love for the popular game show has now paid off in the form of nearly $10,000 and a trip to the Bahamas.
That was what the Georgetown resident won when she flew to California for a taping of the show in February. The episode aired Friday.
Myers’ journey to get on the show actually began last year when contestant tryouts were held at Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach.
Myers said when she arrived at the mall she saw there were thousands of people already there hoping to be selected.
The names of all the contestant wannabes were placed in a barrel and were selected at random.
“They drew my name. I really did not think that would happen,” Myers said.
She and two other people played a mock round of the game. Myers said the judges were looking for people with a lot of enthusiasm.
She passed that audition and later had to try out a second time in North Myrtle Beach.
Weeks later, Myers received the call she had been waiting for. She was told she would be taping her episode of Wheel of Fortune on Feb. 7.
She said she and her husband, Eddie, had to arrive at the studio at 7:45 a.m. because six episodes are taped each day the show is filmed.
She said the studio was not as big as she expected.
“I though the audience would surround us, but it was not like that. It was still nice though,” she said.
Once the taping began, Myers may have been getting worried about her chances of wining because her fellow contestant solved the first toss-up (The Right Stuff) and the first round (Silver Medalist).
Round two went to contestant Lindsey LaReau who successfully solved the puzzle “French Fries Topped with Melted Cheese.”
LaReau also won round three — a Before and After puzzle — by guessing “Spin the Bottle Opener.”
Myers made her comeback in round four, which was a prize round.
After spinning and accumulating $9,350 in cash and a $5,900 trip to the SuperClubs Breezes Resort in the Bahamas, Myers solved the puzzle— On the Sunny Side of the Street.
Myers then proceeded to the bonus round where — along with the R,S,T,L,N and E contestants are automatically given — she chose the letters C,H,M and I.
She said she chose those letters because she felt they would be more help than some of the more commonly used letters.
It wasn’t enough to help her figure out the “thing” was “Autobiography.”
“It was the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Myers, a children’s counselor at Justice Works Behavioral Care in Myrtle Beach.
She said she plans to take her Bahamas trip in November.
By Scott Harper