Melissa Joan Hart is magical first $1 million winner on ‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’

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“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” star Melissa Joan Harte Knew something magical had happened during her appearance on ABC “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” With the wildest look at the show’s famous longtime hostess.

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Vanna White’s The face turned white,” Hart says. “Vanna looked at me and was like, ‘You get it! you got this!’ I hit the ceiling. She hit the ceiling.”

Why confetti? As Sunday’s episode revealed, Hart, 45, was the first “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” $1 million (for charity) winner.When hit for a four against Titus Burgess and Lacey Chabert.

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“It was super exciting and very nerve-wracking; I rarely win game shows,” says Hart, who lost an epic 1998 “Celebrity Jawpardy” match to Fred Savage.

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The “Celebrity” victory put Hart in rare company. There have been only three “Million Dollar Wedge” winners on the syndicated “Wheel of Fortune” since its debut in 2008.

Was it a coincidence that Hart won when he was celebrating the 25th anniversary of his 1996 breakout appearance on ABC’s “Sabrina”?

“I’d say there was witchcraft involved,” Hart says. “But to be honest, I prayed more than any kind of witchcraft. I prayed literally every round, especially in the winning rounds. I would close my eyes and say, ‘God, let me Meditate and calm down and just let me read this letter.’ “

Divine intervention was needed to aid his puzzle-solving skills. Hart had to spin the wheel, land on Million Dollar Wedges twice and solve both puzzles, all while facing knowledgeable contestants like longtime friend Chabert, who solved the show’s first puzzle without a clue. Was.

“Lacey is a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ shark,” Hart says. “In the first round, she was killing it. I just couldn’t see the words as fast as she could.”

Melissa Joan Hart, middle, along with Vanna White and Pat Sajak, took home a $1 million winner's card with them as a souvenir.

But hardcore fan Hart – “my mom used to watch the show every night before dinner” – had sharpened his skills playing “Wheel of Fortune”. Application For weeks while keeping youngest son Tucker 9 to bed every night. “I wasn’t going blind there; I’m a prepared person,” she says.

This homework winner was the key to solving the bonus round puzzle: “Bran Muffins.” When host Pat Sajak confirmed the win, Hart cried out and grabbed him while shaking his head.

Hart, who was paid a nominal fee to appear on the game show, took home a total of $1.039,800 for youth village, A charity that helps emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families.

A thrilled Hart asked the show’s producers if she could take the $1 million winning card as a souvenir. “They had to ask the prop people, ‘Can we make more of these?’ Hart says. “So I not only won the million, I stole the million-dollar card.”

Melissa Joan Hart with Tituss Burgess and Lacey Chabert.  "We were all fans and were beside ourselves to take a behind-the-scenes selfie with the wheel."

The gift card, signed by Sajak and White, hangs in Hart’s Nashville, Tennessee, home office, along with her show nametag and a sprinkling of winning confetti. Now that the episode has aired, Hart can finally show off the new additions to the room and publicly rejoice in his victory.

She also had to keep the winnings a secret from the Youth Village charity, whose organizers would enthusiastically accept the proceeds.

“I didn’t leak it,” Hart says. “I was like, ‘Guys, you have to see me on ‘Wheel of Fortune.’ It’s going to be epic.'”

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