# What does it mean to buy a vowel?

## What does it mean to buy a vowel?

In the game, contestants try to figure out words by guessing letters. If they want to guess consonants, they just guess, but if they want to guess a vowel you have to “buy a vowel.” So there’s a phrase from the show “I need to buy a vowel” or “I’d like to buy a vowel.” Janice is referring to that phrase.

## How much does buying a vowel cost?

Vowels cost \$250 per vowel (A, E, I, O, U) and that \$250 buys all of the occurrences of that vowel. In other words, if there’s one E in the whole puzzle it’s \$250; if there are six E’s in the whole puzzle it still only costs \$250 for all six.

This famous line is spoken by contestants on the game show Wheel of Fortune (nighttime version from 1983 – present). So when a contestant has enough money, and needs a hint on the puzzle, they say “I’d like to buy vowel,” and buy one. Easier than clicking “Buy It Now” on Amazon.

### What does it mean to buy a vowel on Wheel of Fortune?

In the main game, contestants have three options: spin the wheel and call a consonant, buy a vowel for \$250, or solve the puzzle. Vowels are criminally undervalued in “Wheel of Fortune”—they cost the same as they did in the show’s first season despite inflation and much, much larger dollar values on today’s wheel.

### Do you lose money when you buy a vowel in Wheel of Fortune?

My pet peeve is this: When contestants on Wheel of Fortune buy a vowel. When a contestant buys a vowel, the next spin results in a loss — either bankrupt, lose a turn or other pitfall — 43% of the time.

How does Wheel of Fortune make money?

Wheel of Fortune winnings are taxed Contestants regularly win enormous sums of money, expensive cars, and trips around the world. The show does allow winners to find less expensive versions of their trips to avoid a higher tax hit. McMahan took this option, ending up with trips for \$10,000.

#### Has anyone ever won the million dollars on Wheel of Fortune?

Has anyone ever won the million dollars? Yes! Three people. Michelle Lowenstein won in 2008, Autumn Erhard won in 2013, and Sarah Manchester won in 2014.

#### What is the highest winner on Wheel of Fortune?

Autumn Erhard made Wheel of Fortune history when she became the player to take home the largest prize in a single game! While she wasn’t the first to win \$1 million, as Michelle Loewenstein holds that record, she managed to take home a whopping \$1,030,340 off of her filming round alone!

Is Alex Trebek OK?

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek shared a health update in a video Thursday, saying his pancreatic cancer treatment has been “paying off.” “I’m doing well. I’ve been continuing my treatment and it’s been paying off, though it does fatigue me a great deal,” Trebek said. “My numbers are good.