May 5, 2023 | 2h20
“U” will not be in heaven.
A ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant lost on a trip to Hawaii after failing to solve a seemingly simple puzzle on Thursday’s episode of the popular game show.
Contestant Antoinette Myers started the episode’s “Prize Puzzle” by guessing four “T’s” for $600 each in the “Song Title” category before launching into a hot streak and guessing nine correct letters that included the purchase of three vowels.
During the streak, Myers had also collected three jackpots of $3,500, $1 million and the XL corner which acted as the big number of $3,500 and brought his total winnings to $13,600.
Myers was able to get the first three words and part of the last word to get the board to show “TWO TICKETS FOR _ _ R_ _ ISE”, before the Englewood native made the fatal mistake of guessing the wrong vowel.
“I would like to buy a vowel, ‘U’,” asks Myers as Vanna White reacts to the crushing failure as the buzzer sounds.
Myers reacted with a playful but disappointing “ahh” as his fellow contestants tried to hold back their laughter at his misfortune.
Contestant Erica Johnsen followed Myers and she could easily guess the correct phrase, “TWO TICKETS TO HEAVEN.”
As Johnsen won the puzzle, she received two tickets to paradise, or in this case Maui, where she won a trip to the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa plus $5,000 cash, a combined total of $13,200.
Myers didn’t keep the money she collected during her hot streak, nor was she able to keep the million because of her failure.
“Antoinette, you don’t control that million dollars because you haven’t solved the puzzle,” host Pat Sajak told Myers, “but the good news is you’ve got that XL, if you reach the round bonus it’s an extra 40,000,000 for you and maybe 40,000 for someone back home I’m always looking for good news, there’s always a pony out there somewhere.
To make matters worse for Myers, she ended up losing to Johnsen by just $4,000 and missing out on the chance to play in the $100,000 bonus round where Johnsen played, guessing the correct phrase of “OBVIOUS QUESTION.” and won a Mercedes Benz. SUV.
“These competitors on @WheelofFortune can’t be real,” one viewer tweeted.
“A ‘U’? A fucking ‘U’?” another added.