12:05pm PT by Christi Carras
'Wheel of Fortune' to Give Away First House in Show History
After more than 30 years on air, Wheel of Fortune is raising the stakes for its next grand prize. As part of the game show's "Home Sweet Home Giveaway," one lucky viewer will win a $350,000 home in Latitude Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett's new retirement communities in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Hilton Head, S.C.
The "Home Sweet Home" episodes will run from Oct. 29-Nov. 2, culminating in the residential giveaway, made possible by a partnership between America's Game, Minto Communities and Margaritaville holdings. To enter the sweepstakes, fans must tune into the "Home Sweet Home" programming, record the bonus round puzzle solution and submit the answer to the show's website. Though an extra entry will be granted to each Wheel Watchers Club member, the winner will be selected at random.
“After 35 seasons, it’s not an easy feat to do something for the first time, but thanks to Latitude Margaritaville, we’re doing just that by giving away a house,” Wheel of Fortune executive producer Harry Friedman said. “Our viewers welcome us into their homes each night, so we’re returning the favor by welcoming one of them into a new home of their own.”
The beachside dwelling will serve as the grand prize, while 20 first prize winners will receive $500 Margaritaville gift cards for use at the Margaritaville online store, as well as limited Margaritaville shops and resorts. On-air contestants taking part in the "Home Sweet Home" programming will compete for vacations to Margaritaville resorts in Florida, the Caribbean and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Buffett's Latitude Margaritaville is a community for persons aged 55 and older who wish to grow into a laidback Florida lifestyle. The establishment includes single-family and villa homes, neighborhoods, golf-cart accessible streets, a town square set up for live music and dancing, a pool with beach entry, cabanas, tiki huts, a poolside bar, tennis, pickleball and bocce ball courts, a fitness center with aerobics studio, an indoor lap pool, spa, fitness classes and wellness programs, a pet spa and a dog park.
If the winner isn't 55, he or she will win a townhome in the Festival community in Davenport, Fla., or receive $150,000 in cash.
“We can’t think of a more fitting place for Wheel of Fortune to land than in Margaritaville,” said John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville. “Regardless of their current latitude, we look forward to offering the show’s contestants and viewers a chance to win a piece of paradise.”