'Wheel of Fortune' Special Needs Contestant Steals Some Hearts

Friday, 02 May 2014 07:12 AM

By Michael Mullins

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"Wheel of Fortune" made history Wednesday night with its first ever special needs contestant who won $2,125 and stole the hearts of the audience.

Trenton "Trent" Girone of Arizona was easy to like with his enthusiasm and ability, not to mention knowing "everything there is to know about 'Wheel of Fortune,'" as host Pat Sajak noted in his introduction.


After correctly guessing "A Smashing Success" for his first puzzle, which won him $1,000, the 21-year-old Arizona man was quick to draw laughs from the audience when with his next spin landed him on the wheel's "mystery" wedge and he asked "Is it bad news?", NBC affiliate WTHR.com reported.

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On his very next roll, however, Girone landed on the wheel's bankrupt panel.

After the other two contestants landed on bankrupt themselves, Girone was given a second chance at taking home the prize. The 21-year-old immediately guessed 'C,' of which there were four at $350 each, and after buying two 'A' vowels, he was left with $1,150, WTHR.com noted.

Rather than take his chances at the wheel, Girone shouted "Why risk another spin?" before correctly solving the puzzle with – "Cream Cheese Coffee Cake."

While being congratulated by Sajak and relishing in the audience's applause, Girone lifted his hand up in the air and yelled out "La Roue de la Fortune!" – the French translation for "Wheel of Fortune."

A smiling Sajak then joked, "Don't try and impress us with your bilingual stuff there."

Sadly, Girone fell short of winning the final puzzle, however he was still able to walk away with $2,125 in cash from his winnings, ABC News reported.

"So far, going on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ was indeed one of the best days of my life," Girone said following the show, thanking Sajak for making him feel "safe and comfortable" in light of his "physical challenges," according to ABC News.

On the "Wheel of Fortune" blog Girone added, "My best advice to future contestants is to relax and have a good time. It is a lot of fun, whether you win big or not. That is my number one guarantee."

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