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Five Minutes With: Vanna White, game show personality

jpaprocki@islandpacket.comSeptember 30, 2011 

  • The South Carolina Education Lottery will be selling Wheel of Fortune game tickets from 5 to 10 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For every $10 of tickets purchased, shrimp lovers can spin the prize wheel to win a lottery item. On both days, for every two Wheel of Fortune tickets purchased, individuals will get a pass to meet Vanna White and get her autograph. White will be on hand to sign autographs from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Details: www.sceducationlottery.com

Finally, you'll get a chance to solve the puzzle with Vanna White.

The South Carolina native will be at the Beaufort Shrimp Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday as part of a promotion for the Wheel of Fortune game tickets for the S.C. Education Lottery. Guests will have a chance to meet the hostess in person and get an autograph.

White discusses her 29 years on "Wheel of Fortune."

Question. You're from South Carolina originally -- North Myrtle Beach?

Answer. Born and raised. I come back every October for a long girls weekend. Every year we do that without fail. My dad still lives there so every year I bring my kids back. It's home, and it'll always be home.

Q. Have you ever been to Beaufort?

A. I have not been to the shrimp festival there. I have been to Beaufort. That was a long time ago. But I'm looking forward to coming back.

Q. Aside from "Wheel of Fortune," what else are you involved in?

A. That's keeping me busy. We just started our 29th season. ... We usually do a whole week of shows in one day. We film about four days a month. There's 39 weeks of shows. They're long days. We show up in the morning, we do hair and makeup and wardrobe, do a few shows and come back and do it the next day.

Q. How has your job changed through the years?

A. The major difference was that they turned the puzzle board about 14 years ago. I used to have to physically turn the letters. Then they changed it to TV monitors so I just have to touch them now. Actually the crew loves it. In the past we'd have to stop between every round and manually rework the letters. It took a long time. It's instant now. It saves a lot of time in production, which of course, saves a lot of money.

Q. What's your future with the show?

A. I have two more years on my contract. So we'll see how it goes. It depends on the ratings, and the ratings have been good. I love it even after 29 years.

Q. After 29 years, how do you think you'd do on the show as a contestant?

A. I think I'd be pretty good. The key is buying vowels. That's what I always tell the contestants beforehand, "Be sure to buy vowels."

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