Giovanna Bechard of Portland competed on “Wheel of Fortune” on Monday. Credit: Courtesy of Carol Kaelson

Giovanna Bechard, a former reporter for Portland TV station CBS 13, won $10,000 competing on the game show Wheel of Fortune but fell short of making it to the final bonus round.

Cheryl Stokes of Wake Forest, North Carolina, beat out Bechard to make it to the final round. Her winnings totaled $49,850 and an all-expense paid trip to Maui, Hawaii, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Bechard, who now works as communication director for the Maine Education Association, said she has watched the show her entire life. Her sister even competed on Wheel of Fortune a decade ago.

Bechard earned a spot on the show after a tryout event over the summer at UMaine. She was invited to a further audition in Bar Harbor before going to a television studio in Culver City, California, for taping.