Mispronunciation Costs 'Wheel' Contestant $1 Million

Paul Atkinson made a mistake after spinning the million-dollar wedge on the game show.
2:33 | 09/19/13

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that million-dollar tongue twister. The correct pronunciation cost one "whole of fortune" contestant a huge payday. Reporter: The crowd's going wild. He just landed on the $1 million wedge. And paul is one swin closer to the big bucks. There's only one letter missing. Spin or solve? I'm going to solve. All right. Reporter: One more time? And this smart dude nailed it. Corner curio cabinet. Reporter: Paul looks like he was sucker-punched by pat is a jack. What a disgrace. Wheel of fortune is so wrong. So, paul, what happened? I was so nervous. I've got pat, freaking sajak to my immediate right. I have lights and cameras in my face. I've never seen the word curio before. Reporter: Instead of millions, paul walked away with 2 grand. That is my biggest nightmare. I knew I messed up. I knew that something awesome could have happened. But I totally goofed it. Reporter: That pat sajak is a stickler. Seven swans a swimin'. They are swimming, not swimmin'. And this one last month. What is the emancipation proclamation. That's unfortunate. The judges are ruling against you. Reporter: Some might call it rule cruel. But rules are rules. And game shows take them seriously. Paul can say it now. Corner curio cabinet. Reporter: But he couldn't say it when it mattered. For "good morning america," nick watt, abc news, los angeles. Oh. Boo. Come on. Just give him another shot. I know. Come on, pat. At least back on the show. For the rest of his life. Come on. I have to say -- tell us how you really feel. With sam freaking champion by

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