“The trick is just treat it as a fun experience ... it doesn't hurt to watch a show occasionally because there are strategies involved.” Contestants regularly win enormous sums of money, expensive cars, and trips around the world.
It turns out that there is a reason the prizes might feel unrealistic: winners end up paying taxes on everything they take home from their TV experience. CinemaBlend explored the case of Wheel of Fortune winner Matt McMahan, who walked away with over $16,000 in cash and two trips worth more than $15,000.
The show does allow winners to find less expensive versions of their trips to avoid a higher tax hit. A lot of people would kill to get a shot at being on Wheel of Fortune ; you answer a few questions right and suddenly you're walking away with several thousand dollars.
Most people probably think that winning on a game show like Wheel of Fortune is a dream come true; suddenly you have a ton of cash you hardly had to do any work for at all. This means, of course, that winners don't just walk away with their pockets lined with a thousand dollar bills when they rack up the prizes on a program like Wheel of Fortune.
Matt McMahan, who taped an episode of the show in July which just aired as the Season 34 premiere on September 12, walked away with $31,700 in cash and prizes, but he's definitely not going to be able to put that much into his bank account. First, along with $16,400 in actual cash, Matt McMahan won two trips worth a total of $15,300 (a cruise down the Danube River which could take him through up to 10 countries, and a vacation to Chile).
Adrienne Jones View Profile Bachelor Nation, Gilmore Girl; will Vulcan nerve pinch pretty much anyone if prompted with cheese... Yes, even Jamie Fraser. “I’d like to solve the puzzle, Pat!” Despite the fact I was from Las Vegas, I was not about to be a gambler today.
I had already hit the bankrupt wedge once, and watched Stacey (contestant to my left) lose her turn twice. So…if you love to travel, know the answer to the Wheel of Fortune Prize Puzzle (everyone always forgets it’s a prize puzzle), you solve it even though you have no money.
K-I-S-S-I-N-G T-H-E B-L-A-R-N-E-Y S-T-O-N-E With that solve, I was the proud winner of a Trip to Ireland! I’m not sure if I was more excited to have won a trip, or relieved I wasn’t going to be a “we’re so sorry you didn’t win anything, but we sure enjoyed having you on the show” contestant.
And just in case you didn’t know, the entire country of Ireland is about the size of Indiana. Or If you are geographically challenged and have NO idea how big (or small) Indiana is (no judgment), it’s about 6 times smaller than the State of California.
That’s good news for you and me, because that makes it possible to drive around, or across, the entire country of Ireland in a week and see lots of sites. We spent 3 days and 2 nights in Dublin viewing the top sights.
Sadly, we learned that parking is scarce, and costly, and we really did not need a car. Once we found parking, we had no reason to move our rental car, and instead relied on Hop-On-Hop-Off buses to see the sites.
My husband drove during our entire trip, and seemed calm and collected. What I Would Change About our Trip I would learn to say “no, thank you to a room without feeling bad.
We were afraid to hurt the Innkeeper’s feelings when she showed us the room she had available at her Bed and Breakfast. When you are ready to leave Dublin and visit the countryside, go back to the airport and pick up your rental car.
I would change the time of year we visited to a (hopefully) warmer month, like sometime between May and September. At the very least, don’t plan your itinerary in such a way that you have to leave Adar Manor early to catch your flight home (like we did).
Kenny is an adorable town, with colorful buildings and a medieval castle (I was able to visit on a later trip). I would try to adjust my schedule (i.e., make the trip longer) so I could visit the Cliffs Mother.
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