Life is full of surprises. For Western Oregon University freshman Sara Haskell, one of those surprises was playing on Wheel of Fortune for its College Week this past May. She walked away with almost $9,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip for two to Barbados. Haskell grew up watching the show with her family and decided on a whim to apply during her senior year of high school in Salem, Ore. This year she received an invitation to audition and jumped at the chance. Auditions were held in early March. She made it to the final cut after three rounds of puzzle solving.
Three days letter she received the call – an invitation to attend a filming on March 31. “It was very different to experience it live than to watch it on TV,” she said. There are many things viewers don’t see, such as switching things on the wheel, interactions with Pat and Vanna, and more. “It was a blast.”