An Algoma couple grappled with the ups and downs of the Wheel of Fortune and came away with the minimum prize of $1,000 in an episode of the popular TV game show that aired Friday (Feb. 8).

Danny Allen, a third-generation radio broadcaster at WDOR in Sturgeon Bay, and his wife, Jamie, a business teacher at Algoma High School, got off to a good spin when they landed on a wedge that would have netted them a stay at the Aulani Disney Resort and Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, if they went on to solve the puzzle.

But on the second spin the capricious wheel hung up tantalizingly on “Bankrupt” and did not quite have enough momentum for one more click, which meant surrendering the trip to Hawaii.

Later, the Allens landed on the Wheel’s Mystery wedge, which is worth either $10,000 or another Bankrupt. They decided to go for it, and it turned out to be the Bankrupt wedge.

The half-hour game went quickly, and a couple from Absecon, New Jersey, were the big winners, accumulating cash and prizes worth more than $59,000, including $36,000 in the bonus round.

Photo: Danny and Jamie Allen of Algoma are consoled by Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak at the close of their appearance on the popular TV game show. (Kewaunee County Comet screen shot)