Wheel of Fortune player wins $145,000 and donates it all to charity

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California resident Scott Kolbrenner won $145,000 on Wheel of Fortune on March 18, which makes him the fifth biggest winner in Wheel of Fortune’s 46-year history. Now, he has decided to donate every penny to charity.

Kolbrenner, who is a financial advisor from Encino, California, sits on the board of directors for Uplift Family services at Hollygrove, which is one of the most comprehensive behavioral health treatment providers in California. He decided to split his winnings, giving $72,500 each to Hollygrove and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

“Hollygrove is a wonderful place,” said Kolbrenner. “It’s dedicated to helping kids excel and grow. And their families as well — mental health and other services for them.”

When asked what motivated Scott to donate the large sum, he replied: “The fun and memories from the day will stay with me forever, but the urgent need in our community cannot wait.”