Fans Outraged After ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ Refuses To Give Prize To Woman Who Answered Correctly

Please note that this story was originally published in January 2024 and is now being republished.

Angry fans of "Wheel of Fortune" are protesting, believing that Megan, a contestant, was unfairly denied $40,000 for a possibly correct response.

Megan, a married high school choir director in California, faced a bonus problem in the "Living Thing" category, which consisted of two words.

The incomplete phrase “_ N’R _ _ _” was revealed as Megan was led to the puzzle board by host Pat Sajak while the wheel was spinning.

By carefully selecting her letters, Megan changed the board to read “P_N_’ RC _ D.”

In the final ten seconds, Megan blurted out her guess, possibly “Pink Orchid” or something similar. She expressed her frustration when the correct answer, “Pink Orchid,” was revealed as the timer chimed and the correct letters lit up the display.

Sajak, sensing she might be correct, presented Megan with the prize estimate card showing a generous $40,000, significantly more than the $14,007 she ultimately received.

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Viewers, watching from their living rooms, couldn't accept the outcome and directed their frustration towards Wheel of Fortune regarding Megan's answer, which they believed was unjustly deemed incorrect.

One viewer complained, “The woman got screwed on the #WheelOfFortune bonus puzzle tonight; she totally said ‘PINK ORCHID’ right at the start.”

“I inquired of the judges right away after she stated that! I lip read and use subtitles because I am deaf in one ear and partially hearing in the other. She called me “Pink Orchid.” Without a doubt!,” countered another admirer.

“I’m exploding! She understood; pink orchid, she said! “WTF?” yelled a third individual.

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Good day, @WheelofFortune I rewound the final puzzle after hearing the competitor remark “pink orchid” at the beginning. One irate viewer shouted, “You owe her some $$$.”

All right, @WheelofFortune You may plainly hear her say “pink orchid” if you replay tonight’s broadcast to solve the final puzzle from the most recent airing. The winner was not given due credit by you. Play it back now. She really did say that! Vibrant Orchid.

Fans of Wheel of Fortune have been criticizing the show more and more in the midst of the scandal for what appears to be missteps, such as a recent argument over a rhyme during an Express round. On January 22, the audience exploded as the program appeared to stumble over a response in the “Rhyme Time” category.

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Two of the candidates were stumped by the ongoing farce, but Jill, the third contender, solved the issue by guessing two “y’s,” creating the rhyme “Absolutely Positively.”

Supporters fiercely disagreed with the ruling, claiming that “Absolutely Positively” is not a rhyme.

One of the viewers wrote, “Hey @WheelofFortune.” “Could you please clarify how these two words rhyme? Because they most definitely do not.”

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