An East Quogue utility worker joined family and friends at Buckley's Irish Pub in Center Moriches on May 2 to watch herself on national television as a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune."
Michele Paolillo took home $9,500 for placing second on the game show, though she was sworn to secrecy about the outcome until it aired last week.
"It was great—there were 30 people that came down to watch it with me," she said on Wednesday. "It was exciting because I got to relive it."
Ms. Paolillo explained that the first two puzzles on the show are "toss-ups," where the letters are slowly revealed and contestants press their buzzers when they are ready to guess. She got the first one by solving "Ellis Island." But she buzzed in too soon on the second,... more