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Wheel of Fortune: Scott spouse wins big

Posted 3/2/2011   Updated 3/2/2011 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Amber R. Kelly-Herard
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

3/2/2011 - SCOTT AIR FR -- Lori Jones, Team Scott's Officer's Spouses Club's first vice president, made national television last week as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune--and she won big, bringing home nearly $55,000 in cash and a trip to Belize.

"I've watched the show for years, and I heard they were doing auditions in St. Louis," said Mrs. Jones. "For most contestants, they played mock games in casinos on mobile wheels, but that's not how I auditioned.

"I saw on KSDK that they were hosting a drawing to be a contestant, so I entered and won. 20 percent of the potential contestants come from this method, too," she said.
A week later, 150 people from the St. Louis area were invited to Lumiere Hotel and Casino to participate in audition-like exercises that showed their personalities.

"We had to smile and clap and call out letters," said Mrs. Jones, who's married to Capt. Mark Jones, a 458th Airlift Squadron pilot. "You would be surprised how many people would forget to clap or get stone-faced while trying to call out a letter."

The audition also included a written test with 16 puzzles that had to be completed in five minutes.
"It felt like it was only 30 seconds, but I completed six puzzles and partially completed four more," she said.

After the test, about 70 percent of the people were cut and the remaining people took part in a mock show. After that, they were told to expect a letter that would tell them if they made the final cut in about two weeks, she said.

"I kept checking my mail and one day as I was checking the mailbox, I received a voicemail saying they wanted me on the show in 21/2 weeks," she said. "I said 'I'll take it.'"
Capt. Jones took leave and the Jones family headed out to California for the taping.

"There were 20 contestants and names were drawn randomly to see which show we would be on," said Mrs. Jones. "There were six episodes, and I drew to be on the fourth episode."
At the end of the first two rounds, Mrs. Jones had $0, but on the third round, Mrs. Jones won a trip to Belize.

"I dominated the rest of the game and was chosen for the bonus round," said Mrs. Jones. "In the last two seconds, I solved the puzzle, 'VAST MAJORITY.'
"I feel so wonderful, it's something that was never on my bucket list, but now that I have done it, it's at the top of my list of things I've done," said Mrs. Jones about her win. "It was so much fun and a great experience and a huge blessing to have."

Mrs. Jones said her family plans to use the money on a house and a family car.

"It's mostly boring things, but our fun thing will be attending the University of Kentucky basketball SCC tournament next month," she said. "Our family is a huge fan of their team."
Mrs. Jones, a Wilmore, Ky. native, is also the 458th Airlift Squadron Key Spouse. She and Capt. Jones have a 20-month-old daughter named Claire.

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