Contestants solve the "Wheel of Fortune" bonus puzzle by guessing the correct phrase, person, place or name. The game provides the letters E, L, N, R, S and T and shows where they fit in the puzzle. Contestants then choose three other consonants and one vowel and have 10 seconds to solve the puzzle after the host reveals the chosen letters.
The "Wheel of Fortune" bonus round begins with contestants spinning a wheel to choose one of 24 envelopes containing potential prizes. If the contestant solves the puzzle, the host opens the envelope to reveal the prize. To get to the bonus round, three contestants take turns spinning a large wheel and guessing consonants, buying vowels or trying to solve the word puzzle. The player with the most cash and prizes at the end of three rounds wins the game and advances to the bonus round.
The spinning wheel features sections indicating dollar amounts and specific prizes, including a chance to win a car. Players may also win a free play or lose a turn. Landing on a wild card allows players to use an extra consonant in the regular or bonus rounds. Every "Wheel of Fortune" game also includes toss-up rounds with letters revealed one at a time, and the first contestant to correctly solve the puzzle wins a cash prize.
"Wheel of Fortune" began as a daytime game show in the early 1970s and is the most successful syndicated show on television, as of 2015.