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"Wheel of Fortune" Viewers Can Turn Spins into Miracles for Nationwide Children's Hospital

Home viewers can win whatever in-studio contestants win for themselves and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during “Secret Santa Sweepstakes,” brought to you by Walmart, Dec. 8-19

Columbus, OH - 11/28/2014

America’s Game®, Wheel of Fortune is once again presenting viewers with its popular “Secret Santa Sweepstakes” brought to you by Walmart, and this year the at-home viewers aren’t the only winners. A Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of each winner’s choice will receive a cash donation matching his or her winnings with a minimum of $300,000 being donated during the course of the sweepstakes. Nationwide Children’s Hospital could be one of those winners.
 
Each weeknight from December 8-19, Wheel of Fortune Wheel Watchers Club members will be watching to see if their SPIN IDs* are revealed in the show. If a home viewer’s SPIN is revealed, he/she will win the same cash and prizes as the in-studio contestant. Whatever the home viewer wins will be matched in cash and donated to a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of the winner’s choice. This marks the first time in Wheel of Fortune’s 32 seasons that the popular game show has produced weeks of shows that will directly benefit one charity.
 
To be eligible to win in Wheel of Fortune’s “Secret Santa Sweepstakes,” viewers are asked to join Wheel of Fortune’s loyalty program, the Wheel Watchers Club for free at www.wheeloffortune.com by Nov. 30. Each member is automatically assigned a unique, alpha-numeric SPIN ID Number.
 
If the viewer has a Wheel Watchers Club SPIN ID number, he or she will be eligible to win the exact same prizes won by the in-studio contestant and be able to pay it forward by selecting a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of his or her choice to receive the cash equivalent of their prizes or a minimum of $10,000.
 
Wheel Watchers Club members will want to watch Wheel of Fortune to see if their SPIN ID number is revealed and then log on to www.wheeloffortune.com within 24 hours of the broadcast to claim their prizes and select Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
 
The sweepstakes SPIN ID reveal period spans “Walmart Family Week,” (Dec. 8 – Dec. 12) and “Secret Santa”-themed shows (Dec. 15 – Dec. 19) on Wheel of Fortune.
 
Walmart is a longtime supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The retailer’s associates and customers have raised more than $750 million for member hospitals, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital throughout the partnership.
 
About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Ranked 7th of only 10 children's hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s, also ranked among the Top 10 on Parents magazine’s 2013 “Best Children’s Hospitals” list, has a medical staff of 1,100 and nearly 10,000 employees providing state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.
 
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals 
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
 
About Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune is America’s Game®. It has been the number one syndicated game show since its inception and has earned seven Emmy Awards, including a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show. With more than 26 million viewers per week, syndication’s most successful series continues to attract a larger audience than many primetime television shows. Wheel of Fortune is produced in High Definition by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. It is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Studios International, both units of CBS Corp.
 
About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better --anytime and anywhere --in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 10,994 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at walmart.com and samsclub.com.
 
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