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NIU graduate student wins big on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

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NIU graduate student wins big on 'Wheel of Fortune'

NIU graduate student Alyssa Telmon appeared on the popular game show “Wheel of Fortune” on December 23, 2021, winning $18,800 in cash and prizes.

Tilmon studies public administration and currently works in Evanston as an intern in the city manager’s office.

“When I knew I was going to be on the show, I was really excited,” Tilmon said. “I couldn’t wait to go to California because I had never been to California, so that was my first time ever going to LA.”

“Wheel of Fortune”, first broadcast in 1975, is a game show in which contestants attempt to solve a puzzle by guessing the letters that make up the words of a selected category.

“I grew up watching the show with my grandmother and she loves the show,” Tilmon said. “She was my inspiration behind applying and wanting to be on the show.”

Tilmon said she filled out the online application form and uploaded a video and photo of herself in order to increase her chances of being selected.

“I think five months later I got an email from them in July saying they wanted to take a test with me via Zoom,” Tilmon said. “The next day after the audition, they told me that I had been selected as a contestant on their show, and then emailed me later in October saying they wanted me to come to California in order to sign up.”

Tilmon said that show hosts Vana White and Pat Sajak are both incredibly beautiful people. “Just talking to them so up front, in person, and so close since I was such a big winner, was absolutely amazing.”

Contestants Jordan Page (left), Luke Martin and Alyssa Telmon (right). Wheel of Fortune®: © 2021 Califon Productions, Inc. all rights are save. (Carol Keelson/Wheel of Fortune)

“When I actually went to the show, being in the studio and on set was really nerve-wracking,” Tilmon said. “As I continued to focus on those mysteries, the tension faded.”

How to apply

For those who love the show and are interested in applying to be a contestant, there are two things one can do to increase their chances of being selected.

Creating a video and embedding a photo is one of the best things an individual can include with their photo Request, because it gives those responsible for selecting the contestants the opportunity to see you in action as well as the ability to see what it would be like to be a contestant. Telmon said the app’s video is the key card to increase the chances of selection.

“Getting used to solving the puzzles and getting used to the game will definitely help the contestants when they are selected to participate in the show,” Tilmon said. “It’s not something you study for, really, it’s just training your brain how to solve words and create words based on the letters used in the puzzle.”

Tillmon won $11,300 in cash plus an all-inclusive trip to Mexico worth $7,500, bringing it to a total of $18,800 in cash and prizes.

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