“U” won’t be in paradise.
A “Wheel of Fortune” contestant lost out on a trip to Hawaii after failing to solve a seemingly simple puzzle in Thursday’s episode of the popular game show.
Contestant Antoinette Myers started off the episode’s “Prize Puzzle” strong guessing four “T’s” for $600 each in the “Song Title” category before going on a hot streak and guessing nine correct letters which included the purchase of three vowels.
During the streak, Myers had also raked in three large prize wedges of $3,500, $1 million, and the XL wedge which acted as the large wedge number of $3,500 and brought her total puzzle winnings to $13,600.
Myers was able to get the first three words and part of the last word to have the board show “TWO TICKETS TO _ _ R_ _ ISE,” before the Englewood native made the fatal mistake of guessing the wrong vowel.
“I’d like to buy a vowel, ‘U,’” Myers asks as Vanna White reacts to the crushing fail while the buzzer sounded off.
Myers reacted with a playful but disappointing “ahh” as her fellow contestants attempted to hold in their laughs to her misfortune.
Contestant Erica Johnsen followed Myers and she was able to easily guess the correct phrase, “TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE.”
As Johnsen claimed victory on the puzzle, she was awarded with two tickets of her own to paradise, or in this case Maui, where she won a trip to the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa plus $5,000 in cash, a combined total of $13,200.
Myers didn’t keep any of the money she collected during her hot streak, nor did she get to keep the million wedge because of her failure.
“Antoinette you don’t control that million dollars wedge because you didn’t solve the puzzle,” host Pat Sajak tells Myers, “but the good news is you have that XL, if you do make it to the bonus round, that’s an extra 40 grand to you and maybe 40 for someone at home. I always look for good news, there’s always a pony in there somewhere.”
To make matters worse for Myers, she ended up losing to Johnsen by only $4,000, and missing out on the chance to play in the $100,000 bonus round where Johnsen played, guessed the correct phrase of “AN OBVIOUS QUESTION” and won herself a Mercedes Benz SUV.
“These contestants on @WheelofFortune cannot be real,” one viewer said on Twitter.
“A “U”? A freaking “U”?” another added.