A 31-year resident of Parker, AZ will appear on the Wheel of Fortune TV game show. Margaret Dewey, who worked at Arizona Western College for 11 years and La Paz County Probation Department for 19 years, can be seen spinning the famous wheel with hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White on Wednesday night.
Margaret says she doesn’t believe anybody from Parker has been on the popular game show before, the classic game-show version of ‘Hangman’ in which contestants solve word puzzles for cash and prizes. She told Parker Live about the audition process.
“In May this year, the ‘Wheelmobile’ was at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde for two days,” she said. “I did get on stage. There, you have about 30 seconds to convince them to call you back. Within a couple of weeks I got the letter inviting me to the audition in Phoenix. There, you show your skills with a simplified version of the game, and a written test. Two weeks later, you know if you made the cut (don’t write us, we’ll write you….you get a letter in the mail.) In July I travelled to Culver City, California for the taping, which airs this Wednesday.”
Margaret’s boyfriend Mike went with her to Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City for the all-day taping.
“I think all contestants realize it’ll be harder in person than in your living room, and that you are playing with others who also made the cut, so it will be difficult. It is also surreal; the actual half-hour taping flies by. I remember being there, but only remember a few of the puzzles. It has become a blur!”
She said she is looking forward to watching Wednesday night, and hopes she “doesn’t look too goofy!”
Margaret retired to Dewey, AZ (not a pun on her last name) last year.
Sajak, who has been hosting Wheel of Fortune for over 30 years, just celebrated his 69th birthday on Monday. (The New York Daily News posted some of the show’s most memorable moments in celebration HERE.)
Margaret’s episode of Wheel of Fortune airs on Wednesday night at 7pm on Channel 3 (KTVK) in Arizona and at 7:30pm on Channel 7 (KABC) in Southern California.