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Alabama A&M student wins big on ‘Wheel’

HUNTSVILLE — “I hope you win a lot of money, today.”

Legendary game show host Pat Sajak couldn’t have been more prophetic after chatting with Tomia Gordon during the opening of “Wheel of Fortune.”

To which, Gordon, a junior at Alabama A&M University, politely answered, “Thank you.”

By the end of the program, Gordon had won $31,700 in cash and prizes on the long-running program.

A communications media major from Phenix City, Gordon was a contestant Wednesday during the program’s College Week. She competed against a student from Texas A&M and California State-Fullerton.

“She was the only HBCU student represented,” said AAMU Honors Program Assistant Director Carla Draper-Holloway. Gordon is the executive president of the program.

“Tomia grew up watching ‘Wheel of Fortune’ with her grandmother and after seeing an ad looking for college students on social media, she knew she had to apply,” according to a news release from “Wheel of Fortune.” “She was so excited to apply, she recorded her application video during a trip to Israel. She has been preparing for her appearance by watching old shows and playing the game diligently on her phone.

“With any winnings, Tomia would like to pay off her tuition and donate to a nonprofit her college supports.”

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