• Thomas Bonifield

Melissa Joan Hart Wins Big on "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune"

The Christian actress makes history by landing the $1 million top prize on that special edition of the game show.

Melissa Joan Hart reacts to her big win on "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune."
Melissa Joan Hart reacts to her big win on "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune." Image: "Wheel of Fortune"/Twitter.

What an appearance Melissa Joan Hart put in on the latest edition of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune with Pat Sajak and Vanna White. She became the first contestant on the prime-time version of the popular game show to solve the bonus puzzle and win the grand prize. It's worth $1 million and the star of God's Not Dead 2 donate that to a charity called Youth Villages that works with foster children.


Taking to social media afterward, she described it as "an amazing feeling" to win for that organization. In an interview with USA Today, Hart also made a joking reference to her victory's being related to magic since the 25th anniversary of her 1990s hit show Sabrina the Teenage Witch fell on the same day as the broadcast of the game show. She then, however, gave all the credit to the Lord.

"I would like to say witchcraft was involved. But to be honest, I prayed a lot more than any kind of sorcery. I literally prayed every round, especially that winning round. I'd close my eyes and say, 'God, give me focus and calm and let me just read these letters.'"

Among the other celebrity contestants on yesterday's show was Hallmark Channel star and fellow Christian actress Lacey Chabert, who is a longtime friend of Hart and said it was "just the best" to be on the program together. So what was the answer to the bonus puzzle that Hart solved to win it all? Bran Muffins. The 45-year-old actress, who clearly has a good sense of humor, says she may "have to eat one" today, or "buy some stock in it or something."