Former Vancouver resident and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John Alanis competed on “Wheel of Fortune” on an episode that aired Nov. 18 as part of “Wheel Salutes Our Military” week.
The training consultant and Arabic linguist won $10,360 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Hawaii.
Alanis, who graduated from Evergreen High School in 1997 and whose family still resides in Vancouver, filmed his episode at the end of the summer.
“It was really fun,” said Alanis, 31, who now lives in San Clemente, Calif. “It was kind of surreal walking onto the set for the first time.”
Certain things weren’t quite as he expected. The set and the wheel itself are smaller than they appear on television, Alanis said.
Alanis was in the lead going into the final round, but another competitor pulled into first place and got to go to the bonus round. Alanis finished second, and said the winnings will help pay for his recent home renovation.