"We have made a lot of people happy."

By Meghan Overdeep
November 21, 2017
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As Wheel of Fortune kicks off its incredible 35th season, cohost Vanna White can't help but think of all the good that's come from the $250 million in cash and prizes the beloved game show has awarded throughout its decades-long run.

"We had one woman [who told us] that they adopted a child. And of course they'd send the pictures [with] ‘Here's the child I adopted,'" White recently told People. "It's very heartwarming to see those letters come in, how it has affected so many people."

White, 60, added that other couples use their winnings to pay for their weddings, or use the trips they won for their honeymoons.

"We have made a lot of people happy," White, a South Carolina native reflected. "People pay off their student loans, they buy their first homes, they go on honeymoons, they buy cars that they've never had. So it changes a lot of people's lives."

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She continued: "One guy did win a brand new car, and he turned to Pat [Sajak] and he said ‘I don't have to take the bus anymore.' So that was something."

White also noted that not every contestant spends the money on themselves. In fact, a handful have used their winnings to help others. "We've had other people that have taken the money and have started charities, or have helped organizations that help other people, not just themselves," she said.

Not bad for a TV show, eh? Here's to 35 years on the air and the countless people who have been affected by it!