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Turlock woman takes a spin on the W-H-E-E-L
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Hopefully, the wheel was kind to Turlock resident Jenn Handy and spared her from the dreaded “Lose A Turn,” and the loathsome “Bankrupt.”
Turlock residents and the world alike will get their chance to find out how well Handy did when her appearance on the hugely popular game show “Wheel of Fortune” airs Tuesday night.
While Handy is contractually restricted from telling how well faired, she did want to take the opportunity to say she is “not as stupid as I appear on TV.”
“It is so much easier when you are sitting at home playing,” Handy said. “At home you get lots of time to actually look at the puzzle. On the show, there is so much pressure to go fast. If you’re spinning, you’re thinking about what the wheel is going to land on and how much money you have and if you have enough for a vowel. You hardly get a chance to look at the puzzle. It’s pretty intense.”
Handy’s appearance on the show came about through a spur of the moment decision she made when her mother, Otilia Costa, said she was trying out for the show at a Wheelmobile event in Stockton earlier this year.
“I decided to go join her because I thought it would be a fun bonding experience,” Handy said. “She is a major fan of the show and if it wasn’t for her love of the game, I wouldn’t have made it on the show.”
Just the process of getting on the show was a memorable experience, Handy said. It was a whirlwind of interviews, tests, and mock games she said. The taping itself is an all-day event that includes a training on how to spin the 1,000 pound wheel, Handy said.
“It was a long day, but it was a lot of fun,” she said. “Your adrenaline is just going up and down all day. It was a once in a lifetime experience.”
Handy’s appearance will air at 7 p.m. Tuesday on KXTV channel 10. There will be a viewing party at Me-N-Ed’s Pizzeria at 3210 Countryside Dr.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.