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IGT and Sony celebrate 25th anniversary of Wheel of Fortune Slots


The provider launched the “25 Weeks of Wheel of Fortune Slots” campaign starting in June


nternational Game Technology (IGT) and Sony Pictures Television announced Tuesday the 25th anniversary of the Wheel of Fortune slots game.

Originally launched by IGT in Reno, Nev. in 1996, Wheel of Fortune Slots has become synonymous with jackpots, winning, and fun in the minds of casino and online slots players around the world. Spanning the mechanical reel, video, TRUE 4D, and digital slots verticals, Wheel of Fortune Slots games are recognized by the sound of the “WHEEL-OF-FORTUNE!” celebration, and offer their own spin on the entertainment brand.

Often referred to as “The millionaire-making machine,” IGT’s Wheel of Fortune Slots has firmly established itself as the “go-to” slot theme for a chance at winning life-changing jackpots and has paved the way for hundreds of additional licensed slot games to appear in land-based and digital casinos worldwide, the company said in a press release.

Of the many milestones achieved by IGT and its Wheel of Fortune Slots portfolio, some of the most noteworthy include:

  • Wheel of Fortune Slots has minted more than 1,100 millionaires
  • Wheel of Fortune Slots has awarded more than $3.3 billion in jackpot prizes
  • IGT has developed more than 250 versions of Wheel of Fortune Slots
  • Wheel of Fortune Slots awarded a record-setting $14.4 million jackpot in 2009 to a lucky player in Biloxi, Miss.

To honor this momentous milestone, IGT is celebrating with its “25 Weeks of Wheel of Fortune Slots” campaign which started June 2021. The campaign features exclusive giveaways and player promotions, and online via trivia, game spotlights, and weekly contests where Wheel of Fortune Slots fans will have a chance to win Wheel of Fortune collectibles. In addition, the company will honor Wheel of Fortune Slots all year with new product launches for land-based and online play, and with special events at gaming industry trade shows.

Sony Pictures Television SVP Global Licensing and Brand Management Suzanne Prete, said: “For 25 years, IGT has artfully captured the fun, excitement, and authenticity of the Wheel of Fortune brand through its world-class Wheel of Fortune Slots portfolio. Wheel of Fortune Slots’ jackpot-paying legacy and capacity to entertain people across diverse generations, geographies, and channels perfectly align with the global Wheel of Fortune brand. Sony Pictures Television wishes to thank IGT for so effectively extending the excitement of America’s Game to the most successful slot theme of all time.”

Wheel of Fortune Hostess and Entertainment Icon Vanna White, commented: “It has always been an honor to work side-by-side with the talented team at IGT in developing content for its many Wheel of Fortune Slots games. When walking through casinos, I still marvel in the brilliance of the many Wheel of Fortune games and the excitement that the familiar siren of ‘WHEEL-OF-FORTUNE!’ creates.”

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