St. George man wins $31K in Wheel of Fortune game show

The set of Wheel of Fortune during the week that John Pfeiffer, of St. George, won on an episode that aired from Los Angeles, Sept. 18, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Wheel of Fortune, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — As John Pfeiffer was preparing to compete in the Wheel of Fortune game show, he kept telling himself not to make a mistake like guessing a letter that had already been guessed by another contestant.

Once on the show, “I immediately did that,” Pfeiffer said with a laugh.

John Pfeiffer, of St. George, stands on the set of an episode of Wheel of Fortune that aired from Los Angeles, Sept. 18, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Tyler Golden/Wheel of Fortune, St. George News

Regardless of any mistakes that Pfeiffer, a retired St. George resident, made while competing in the Wheel of Fortune episode that aired Tuesday, he ultimately won, scoring $31,678 and a trip to Barbados.

Wheel of Fortune is a TV game show where three contestants spin a wheel with prizes and guess hidden phrases by calling out letters one at a time.

Pfeiffer’s path to winning Wheel of Fortune began on a trip to Las Vegas for a funeral. During the trip, he attended an “Wheelmobile” event, which is an event where hundreds of people fill out applications to appear on the show. After being called to an audition in Salt Lake City, Pfeiffer was eventually chosen to be a contestant on the show he had watched with his wife for over 30 years.

“There are so many things to pay attention to while you’re doing the show, and I’ll tell you – my brain was mush,” Pfeiffer said. “Still, every minute of it was fun. I enjoyed it.”

The most thrilling part of the show for Pfeiffer was not winning the cash – it was winning the all-inclusive trip to Barbados, he said. And even though Pfeiffer won $31,678, he estimates that he’ll have to pay $12,000 in taxes.

The episode that Pfeiffer won was taped in mid-August, but it didn’t air until Tuesday, which is when he was able to see himself on TV like everyone else.

“I laughed a lot (watching myself),” he said. “Being there, I didn’t know what was going on the whole time and I’m just so glad I did as well as I did. But I actually didn’t look as goofy as I thought I was going to.”

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  • Striker4 September 22, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Well I’m here Tolling St George news at 3:40 PM Saturday 22 2018 and came across this article..golly gee whiz silly willy wonkers wheel spinning buckaroo. the IRS is coming over to your house to get their share

  • LunchboxHero September 22, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Congratulations, Mr. Pfeiffer!

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