News 6 meteorologist Madeline Evans sits down with Vanna White at Florida Lottery event

Florida Lottery hosts event in The Villages to promote new scratch-off

THE VILLAGES, Fla. - A special guest attended an event hosted by The Florida Lottery in The Villages last weekend to promote a new scratch-off ticket.

Crowds of people gathered at Spanish Springs Square to see Vanna White and scratch the Florida Lottery’s new “Wheel of Fortune” ticket.

White spent some time with guests as she answered questions about her life and experiences on the famous game show. She also took pictures and autographed them for guests to bring home.

One fan told News 6 that she traveled all the way from Illinois to attend Saturday’s event and see White.

"She’s just such a genuine person. She's so nice, everyone recognizes the name and she's been on that show for so long,” the woman said. “She is just a great role model for women and girls.”

News 6 meteorologist Madeline Evans had the chance to sit down with White and ask some questions of her own.

White told Evans that she loves the fact that her job allows her to impact others.

"I’m able to be a good role model to someone, and even if I reach one person and change their life, it makes it all worth it to me,” White said. “That’s why I'm on TV."

White also told Evans what it’s been like to be in charge of the vowels on “Wheel of Fortune” for the last 30 years.

"You know what is interesting about that? Vowels have never changed price,” White said. “Thirty-four years and they're still $250."

Evans asked White about how she chooses each of the stunning dresses she wears on the show.

White said she tries on 30 to 40 dresses, then picks the 12 she likes best of those since there are six shows per day. She also said that in her more than 30 years on “Wheel of Fortune,” she’s tried on over 3,500 dresses, but has not kept a single one.

The Florida Lottery hosted the all-day event to give guests the chance to try the new scratch-off lottery ticket. Florida Lottery officials said they hope to bring an event similar to last Saturday’s back to the villages next year.

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