FLORENCE, Ore. - Tony Atiles filled and the application and stood in line Saturday at Three Rivers Casino for his shot at $1 million on Wheel of Fortune.
"You can win so many awesome prizes and so much money," he said. "I've been watching since I was 3."
After 27 years of watching the show, his quest to become a contestant came a step closer during a Wheelmobile audition.
"It's like, wow! Really? Out of all these people? I was so stoked!" he said.
Wheel of Fortune is the longest running syndicated television game show in U.S. history. The Wheelmobile will make stops in 20 cities across the country this year to hold auditions for contestants to be on the TV show.
Contestants who make it to the final round will be invited back to a final audition in about a month.
For Serena Fussell, who took part in the auditions, the show is more than just something on TV.
"I grew up on the Wheel of Fortune, and it's a family thing in our household, every day at 6:30 faithfully," she said. "If I am not home, I have to rush home to watch the Wheel of Fortune."
After an on-stage interview, contestants took part in a fast round of the show. Organizers said they want to find players with enthusiasm and personality.
Atiles said the people make the show for him.
"I understand why people love it so much," Atiles said. "There's so much energy and excitement, how can you not love it?"