LUMBERTON — Jocelyn Quick-Watrous, a Lumberton native who appeared on “Wheel of Fortune” on Wednesday, was clearly not puzzled by the game show.
Quick-Watrous dominated the show as the only person to solve the word puzzles.
“I solved five of the seven categories,” she said while celebrating with her parents, Richard and Debra Quick, husband Ben, their 16-month-old daughter Lily, and friends at Candy Sue’s Downtown as the show aired on CBS.
The Lumberton High School grad, who now lives in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., won a total of $17,730 in cash and prizes that included a trip to Hawaii.
The puzzles she solved in order were: AMAZING RACE; THREE PIECE AND BIRTHDAY SUIT; SUGAR CRUSTED MACADAMIAS; IT’S CRUNCH TIME; and SHUFFLING THE CARDS.
That earned her a shot in the bonus round and a shot at a Ford Escape, where she was unable to turn enough letters to figure out LOUDSPEAKER.
Her winnings equaled $11,000 in cash, a $1,000 shopping spree and the $5,730 vacation in Hawaii.
Quick-Watrous won the trip to Hawaii after answering SUGAR CRUSTED MACADAMIAS, which are grown in the tropical state.
Toward the end of the show, the camera panned to Quick-Watrous’ happy parents in the audience. They were all sworn to secrecy on the show’s outcome until after Wednesday’s broadcast.
Quick-Watrous plans to put some of the $11,000 away for college for Lily. As for the experience, she’ll put that away in her memory bank.
“It’s been really fun,” she said.
The biggest winner in the show’s history is Michelle Loewenstein, who took home a total of $1,026,080 in cash and prizes in 2008, including $1 million in the bonus round.