Hannibal woman to be in episode of Wheel of Fortune tonight at 6:30 p.m.


Rocky and Rachael Altgilbers

HANNIBAL, Mo. – Rachael Altgilbers of Hannibal will be on an episode of Wheel of Fortune that airs tonight at 6:30 p.m. on KHQA. 

Altgilbers and her husband, Rocky, traveled last August to California to Culver City where she was part of the show. She said Pat Sajak and Vanna White both came out and spoke with all of the contestants, and they were both “very nice and professional.”

Only the group didn’t recognize Vanna at first. 

“When we were practicing spinning the wheel, this lady came out and she was wearing a tie dye shirt and Crocs and nobody knew who she was at first. Like five minutes later, she said, ‘Does anybody need a vowel?’ Then we realized and started screaming,” she said. “I’m pretty sure I made Pat laugh three different times.”

She said taping the show took about six hours from start to finish.

Altgilbers said she would love to one day work for Sony Pictures on Wheel of Fortune one day, even if it’s just to just be the person who cleans the wheel between each turn.

“I just love the environment in Los Angeles so much,” Duncan said.

Altgilbers has wanted to be on the show for years and has made it her yearly goal since 2014 when she first posted about it on Facebook. It took her nine years, but she never stopped trying.

“I finally was able to make my dreams come true. Sometimes people tell me I’m too old to follow my dreams. To them I say bah humbug!” she said. “No matter how much I did or didn’t win, just know it was one of the best experiences of my entire life.”

Altgilbers said the episode will stream Thursday on Paramount Plus and YouTube.

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