Nyack resident Beau Hodges was a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune" Thursday night. He walked away a winner.
Hodges won $32,543 in cash and prizes, including trips to Hawaii and New Orleans.
A huge fan of “Wheel,” Hodges has been watching the show for more than 20 years, according to Leslie Jacobe, Wheel of Fortune Publicity. When he isn’t working, the FDNY Firefighter enjoys hunting, fishing and scuba diving.
Hodges is married to his wife, Nicole, and they have one son. Hodges said that he received the call to be a contestant while dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, so it was a “pleasant surprise.” He hopes to use his winnings to buy a home or take a vacation.
Hodges applied to be a contestant online at WheelofFortune.com.
As it enters its 30th season in syndication, Wheel of Fortune continues to be America’s most popular game show. Created by Merv Griffin in 1975 as an NBC daytime show, Wheel of Fortune is based on the popular game “Hangman.” Pat Sajak and Vanna White have hosted the show since its debut in syndication in 1983.