Unlucky spins doom Knoxville woman on 'Wheel of Fortune'

Tiffany Higginbotham poses outside the studio in Los Angeles in October, 2012, after she recorded her appearance as a contestant on 'Wheel of Fortune.' The show aired Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

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Tiffany Higginbotham poses outside the studio in Los Angeles in October, 2012, after she recorded her appearance as a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune." The show aired Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

Knoxville's Tiffany Higginbotham had sound strategy in her appearance on "Wheel of Fortune," which aired on WBIR, Channel 10, Tuesday night.

But she had rotten luck.

The 30-year-old social worker called for the letter "N" every time she got a chance, and she went on spending sprees to buy vowels ... which ultimately only benefitted her fellow challengers, school-district worker Christina Morehouse of Houston and tax attorney Terry Scott of Pittsburgh.

Higginbotham's downfall: spinning "Lose a Turn" twice and "Bankrupt" another time.

Every time the Knoxville woman got into a bit of a groove the wheel turned on her. Morehouse and Scott traded out wins with the first six puzzles as Higginbotham held her composure, laughed and celebrated their wins with them.

The Knoxville woman finally won a puzzle at the last minute, correctly answering "pastry chef" and winning $1,900. Show host Pat Sajak said he was glad Higginbotham eventually won something and noted, "You were just having a terrible time with the wheel."

Morehouse was the big winner of the evening, taking home $75,510 in cash and prizes that included a car and a trip to Panama.

Higginbotham, who works with the elderly and disabled for United Healthcare, recorded the show in Los Angeles in October, accompanied by family members and her husband, Evan. In her opening interview with Sajak, she described her spouse (who works at Sitel in Oak Ridge) as her "wonderful and hilarious husband" and noted he frequently launches into "improv comedy."

Knoxville has been well represented on game shows recently. Earlier this month, Tina Arwood won $56,595 on "The Wheel of Fortune," and Paul Kampwerth won a $20,554 car on "The Price Is Right."

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