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Locals try luck on 'Wheel of Fortune'

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The funny thing is Amanda Jarman doesn’t usually watch “Wheel of Fortune” “I don’t have a television; well, I have a TV, but no reception with rabbit ears since the digital changeover,” the Portland resident says. “I watched it before the digital changeover.” So, she has to go to Schmizza Pub and Grub on the Portland State campus on Thursday, March 4 to watch herself on the popular game show at 7:30 p.m. on KATU (2). Jarman, 31, auditioned for the show, got the invite to appear and played the spin-and-win word game in early December in Los Angeles. Jarman won’t reveal how much success she had on Pat Sajek-and-Vanna White’s show, but does say that “it was such a blur, definitely the fastest 20 minutes of my life.” And Jarman’s winnings left her smiling after the show. Jarman and her fiance went to Lincoln City to try to get her on the “Wheelmobile,” a transitory audition for the show. She made it on stage for a game, and then producers invited her to a second audition in Portland. She demonstrated the talent, presence, comfort in front of an audience and “pizzazz” that producers want in their contestants. “I’m good at word games; always been a word nerd,” says Jarman, the development research and prospect manager at Portland State University. Another Portlander, Frankie Everett, will be on the March 11 show, also qualifying from the “Wheelmobile” audition. —Jason Vondersmith