Mispronounciation costs 'Wheel' contestant $1 million

September 19, 2013 7:13:39 PM PDT
One contestant found out spelling isn't the only thing that counts on Wheel of Fortune.

Paul Atkinson landed on the hard-to-reach, $1 million wedge. He knew the missing letter, but got disqualified because he mispronounced one of the words saying "corio" instead of "curio."

"That was my biggest nightmare. I knew I messed up. I knew something awesome could've happened, but I totally goofed it," he recalled.

Fudging the words "corner" and "curio" cost Atkinson big bucks. Instead of taking home $1 million, the firefighter from Oregon collected $2,000.

And despite public outcry on social media, Wheel of Fortune producers say rules are rules and Atkinson blew his big chance at big bucks.


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