MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota was well-represented in one of the first Wheel of Fortune episodes this year.

Brandon Kimbler of Blaine and Deb Tharaldson of Brooklyn Park somehow ended up on the exact same episode.

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Turns out, it was by mistake.

“He said, ‘Well, you know, I thought you were from Brooklyn,'” Tharaldson said. “I said, ‘Oh, yeah, sure, you betcha, Brooklyn Park.'”

But the show went on.

“It became a fun rivalry,” Tharaldson  said. “On commercials we would duke it out.”

“Pat was breaking us up,” Kimbler said.

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With their similar demeanors they became fast friends.

“Since the taping, I think we’ve talked at least once a week,” Kimbler  said.

“It really made it a lot more fun,” Tharaldson said. “Because now you’re competing with a friend. It’s not somebody you’re never going to see again, or who’s millions of miles away.”

And the icing on the cake? Kimbler pulled out a huge win, with less than a second on the clock.

Both Kimbler and Tharaldson made it on the show by auditioning at the Wheelmobile at Grand Casino.

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And now they are in the running to be considered for a Grand Casino commercial.