For the second time in the show's extensive history, "Wheel of Fortune" crowned a million dollar winner.
Autumn Ernhard, an engaged 30-year-old animal pharmaceuticals sales representative from California, drew the $1 million wedge during her spin and was able to avoid bankruptcy throughout the three-person portion of the game.
The Huffington Post explains how it played out:
Then came the hard part (check it out in the video above). In the bonus round, Ernhard spun a mini-wheel, hoping to land on the million-dollar prize, which was just one wedge out of 24 on the wheel. "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak picked up the unopened envelope containing Ernhard's possible prize so when it came to the final puzzle, she had no idea what she was playing for.
She then had to solve the final puzzle. The category was "thing" and Ernhard didn't have much to work with, but it took her just a few seconds to blurt out, "tough workout" -- which was the correct answer.
"What?!" a stunned Pat Sajack exclaimed.
As Ernhard hopped around the stage with her face in her hands, Sajak opened up the mini-wheel envelope from earlier. It read: "$1 MILLION."
As The Daily Mail speculates, Ernhard may have had some extra luck on her side. She is 30-years-old, it was the show's 30th anniversary and it was May 30.
(H/T: Daily Mail)