Wheel of Fortune Sees Three $100,000 Winners in a Row


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Like it’s counterpart ‘Jeopardy,’ ‘Wheel of Fortune’ saw a historic winning streak in February.

In a time of troubles and too many stressors to count, three individuals have encountered some unbelievable luck – the winners of the same penultimate prize on Wheel of Fortune.

The prize of $100,000 on the gameshow is rare enough, with only a few dozen winners out of thousands of episodes. To have that prize won in three consecutive nights, February 7-9, is absolutely unheard of. 

To remind non-viewers, for someone to even have a chance at the $100k, they first must defeat two other contestants and advance to the bonus round. In that round, they only have a 1 in 24 chance of having the possibility of winning the grand prize (randomly placed on the bonus wheel that the contestants spin,) because they still have to correctly answer the bonus puzzle.

The only grander and rarer prize of the gameshow is the legendary $1 million jackpot – on top of all of the aforementioned odds, they first have to land on the million dollar wedge in regular gameplay, which, assuming the wheel doesn’t hit them with a ‘bankrupt’ after that, replaces the $100k wedge in the bonus round. It has only been won three times in the show’s history.

These nightmarish odds make it absolutely astounding that three winners could consecutively take home $100,000 each. When longtime show host Pat Sajak was asked for his reaction to these events, he responded, “Stunned. Surprised. It’s all inadequate.”

In the wake of these tremendous events, enthusiastic onlookers have pointed to Wheel of Fortune creator Merv Griffin’s other hit show: Jeopardy!. The two shows have seen unbelievable winnings as of late, with the current seasons of the respective shows seeing the three $100k Wheel winners alongside 38 and 40-day Jeopardy! champions Matt Amodio and Amy Schneider.

And in case you’re wondering, yes – things calmed down on Wheel the day after the third champion took home $100,000, with a much more modest prize being won by the winning contestant on the fourth night of the week.

As we’ve learned, though, anything is possible with a bit of luck and puzzle-solving skill, and viewers will be excited to learn when the next big winner will appear.