For Wheel of Fortune television episodes airing in the United States, the bonus round puzzle is the final puzzle of the show. If a contestant solves the word puzzle, in a manner similar to the game hangman, he wins cash or another valuable prize, such as a car.
In each 30-minute episode, only one contestant has the opportunity to solve the bonus round puzzle. In the rounds of the main game, three contestants compete by spinning the wheel for prize amounts, guessing letters and solving word puzzles. Approximately 20 minutes into the episode, the host gives the wheel a final spin and the contestants solve a final puzzle. The contestant who has won the highest combined total of cash and prizes advances to the bonus round.