Mid-South Wheel Watchers compete for chance to solve the puzzle

Wheel Watchers from across the Mid-South lined up at Sam's Town Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, Saturday for a chance to compete on the country's most popular television gameshow.

"It's on our bucket list. It's one of the things we wanted to complete," said "Wheel of Fortune" fan Dawn Simmons.

Even the Queen of Beale Street auditioned for an opportunity to spin the wheel.

"'Wheel of Fortune is an everyday thing. I cancel a lot of stuff for Wheel of Fortune...mandatory," said entertainer Ruby Wilson. "And if I go overseas, I look for Wheel of Fortune. I find it sometimes."

Would-be contestants had different strategies in the competition to win big bucks and share the stage with Pat Sajak and Vanna White.

"I'm going to use my enthusiasm," said Wilson. "I'm going to scream and holler...whatever it takes!"

Auditionee Linda Rodenbeck wore green for good fortune. "It's my lucky day. I'm wearing my lucky socks! It says it's my lucky day."

Only 500 contestants are selected annually to spin that big colorful wheel and solve the puzzle on tv's top game show.

If you missed Saturday's auditions, the Wheelmobile will be at Sam's Town again on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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