Manayunk woman surprised as 'Wheel of Fortune' contestant

CENTER CITY (WPVI) -- Pat, Vanna and the "Wheel of Fortune" folks spent the past few weeks filming all around the city for the upcoming Philadelphia Week and looking for local contestants to play to win.

And 6abc was able to tell one very excited Manayunk woman that she's going to get the chance in a lifetime to solve that puzzle.

Contrary to what she thought, this was no emergency meeting - just a ploy to break the big news to Emily Johnson that she was selected to be a contestant on an upcoming episode of "Wheel of Fortune".

"Oh my gosh! I can't believe it," she gushed after hearing the news.

The Assistant Dean of Students at Moore College of Art and Design had a big smile on her face as she was officially chosen as one of the 15 local contestants who will spin that wheel for the show's upcoming Philadelphia Week.

Her husband, David, and mom, Joann, were in on keeping the secret so we could pull off the big reveal Tuesday morning!

"I love 'Wheel of Fortune' - we watch it every night. We have our dinner in the living room and shout out all of the answers," said Emily.

Emily first auditioned at the Wheel Mobile event in Atlantic City.

"There were like 60 of us in the room and I solved the puzzle in my mini game and I feel like that was a really good move," she said.

Now that she's heading to California, she's already working on her spiel.

"I work at Moore College of Art and Design - the only female art college in the nation," she practiced.

Her husband, David, says he is ready to cheer her on.

"She's incredible at this this is it we are waiting forever for this and I'm going to California too so that's pretty cool," he said.

Emily says she is keeping her winning strategy a secret, but making no secret of her puzzle solving skills.

"I'm really good at it. " can't wait for everyone to see me compete - I can't believe this," she said.

Philadelphia Week on "Wheel of Fortune" will air later this season.

You can watch "Wheel of Fortune" weekdays at 7:30 p.m. on 6abc.
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