She also prepared for the show by working with a co-worker on a phrase list related to Halloween.
While waiting for her turn on the set and behind the wheel, she said there were lots of legal papers to sign. She also had to do a couple of promotional spots for the local station that carries "Wheel."
"I got really good at saying, 'WSAZ News Channel 3,'" she said.
A few hurdles still awaited the contestant. "I'm left-handed, so I had to learn to spin right-handed," Brackley explained.
Sixteen contestants meet at the studio each day: 15 contestants and one standby. They tape a week's worth of shows in one day.
There were many things she couldn't tell about the taping -- including if she won or not -- to keep the magic of television alive. She said many things aren't exactly as they seem on the show.
Drawing a little map of the studio, Brackley said her husband, Chase, her mother and her friend were on the farthest side away from her during her taping.
"When they ask, 'Who do you have with you?' and it shows them in the front row, well, they bring them down there and do a shot of them there in the front. Then they move them back to here," pointing to a far corner of the set.
"It was so fun, but I was scared to death. I can teach a classroom full of students, but that's much different. And then there's Pat Sajak and Vanna White ..."
One of her opponents was a retired firefighter from Los Angeles who's a game-show veteran.
"He had been on 'Press Your Luck,' 'Card Sharks' and 'The Price is Right,'" she said. The other contestant was a standup comedian who was quite comfortable in front of the crowd.
Brackley said she had no problems with the puzzles, knowing the answers to all of them. The wheel was her biggest competitor, however -- a bankrupt didn't help her bottom line at all.
But win or lose, she's thankful that she took a spin.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.