More than six months ago, Amy Vincenti took a chance at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and this week it paid off big time.
At her husband's urging, the Jenkins Township resident had participated in a local Wheelmobile event, a search for Wheel of Fortune game show contestants.
Little did she know that a few months later she would win Wheel of Fortune and more than $45,000 in cash and prizes – including a Jeep Cherokee and getaway trip to Hawaii.
Vincenti, a pharmacist at Rite Aid in Plains Township, was ecstatic and overjoyed as she described her highly successful television appearance, which aired Wednesday night on NBC.
I still don't believe it happened, Vincenti said Thursday. It's really funny; people were coming into work today talking about it, and I had kept it a secret for so long.
Excited for the chance to finally talk about the show, which was taped Sept. 21, Vincenti said she shared her information only with her close friends and family, who also couldn't comment on the show's results.
Vincenti's husband, David, one of the people who had to keep her victory a secret, was also the person who encouraged her to audition. We watch the show together all the time, Vincenti said.
After the stint at Mohegan Sun, Vincenti was called back for a second audition at the Woodlands Inn & Resort, in Plains Township, with 60 other contestant-hopefuls. The pool was later narrowed to 20 people.
Vincenti won after one contestant mispronounced an answer. The contestant said Seven Swans a Swimmin', and by omitting the g, the answer was incorrect.
I knew what she said, said Vincenti. I didn't know she didn't pronounce the ‘g,' and I was confused.
Vincenti answered correctly and was named the winner. She didn't leave with prizes, but said she would receive them within the timeframe of when the show airs.
But more than prize winnings, Vincenti collected life-long memories, she said. She met contestants from around the country, previous winners and traveled with her husband to Los Angeles, Hollywood and other nearby tourist areas.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, said Vincenti of her California adventure.