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Wheel of Mis-Fortune? Technicality Costs Woman Huge Victory, Then Sponsor Takes Matter Into Own Hands

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From guessing the wrong letter at a crucial moment to getting the phrase right but pronouncing it incorrectly, there are a lot of sneaky potential pitfalls in the beloved game show “Wheel of Fortune.”

But Tuesday’s episode introduced a new way to fail on a technicality, and it had many fans outraged.

The category was “What are you doing?” and contestant Charlene was gearing up for the play of a lifetime.

After both the given and chosen letters filled out the phrase, Charlene was left with “_H__SING THE RIGHT __RD.”

Her first try was “Choosing The Right Card,” but that was incorrect. So she started out strong with her next attempt: “Choosing the right…” and just as her time was up, she said “word!”

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And that was the correct phrase — but Sajak declined to give her the prize, apologetically explaining that her pause time had taken too long.

“This one’s tough because you said all the right words, including the word ‘word’ but as you know, it’s got to be more or less continuous,” Sajak said.

“We’ll allow for a little pause but not four or five seconds. I’m sorry, you did a good job in getting it but we can’t give you the prize and it was the Audi.”

Many viewers felt the sting of loss on Charlene’s behalf, some of them reaching out to the show and to Audi to voice their disappointment in the ruling and conviction that she had won the car fair and square.

Wheel of Fortune stood its ground and held its ruling, but Audi sided with the fans and announced its decision on Wednesday.

“You’re a winner in our eyes, Charlene,” they tweeted. “Now, let’s get you a prize. Time to #GiveHerTheQ3.”

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The only problem? They didn’t have a way to get a hold of her — but the internet delivered on that front, too.

“There’s no community like the Audi community,” they tweeted. “With your help, we tracked down Charlene!

“More to come as we help #GiveHerTheQ3.”

While some fans are still salty over what they consider a very unjust ruling, at the end of the day Charlene solved the puzzle and will be getting her Audi — all thanks to Audi.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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