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Million-Dollar Wheel of Fortune Loser Gets Some Redemption on ‘Fallon’

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on September 20, 2013

The Greater Internet exploded this week when Wheel of Fortune’s harsh mistresses took a million-dollar opportunity away from a slurring contestant named Paul Atkinson . You saw it. It stung. Stung hard.

Jimmy Fallon, egregiously poaching Daniel Tosh’s “redemption” bit, took pity and invited Atkinson on the show last night for an extended 15 minutes. While the bit would have been better if Fallon made the cheated party smash a corner curio cabinet with a sledgehammer while Peter Gabriel looked on approvingly, this is an otherwise adorable bit.

Great! Thanks, Jimmy! A corner curio cabinet of your own! Now you can be reminded of the million dollars you didn’t win every single day!

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Reminder: As this YouTube commenter points out, Bow Tie Paul wouldn’t have won the million right then and there:

I don’t think you know how the million dollars thing works.
If he correctly solved the puzzle, he would have to beat the other 2 contestants, thus entering the bonus round; have the 100k card replaced with the 1M card, solve the bonus round puzzle and hopefully land on the 1M card when he spun the bonus round wheel.
Even if he won, he’d probably wouldn’t even have been close to getting a million dollars.
Also, a million dollars is nothing to Wheel of Fortune.

Had us until the end. It’s not “nothing.” May 2013 marked only the second time ever someone won $1 million on Wheel of Fortune.

So, yeah, a lot of stages to go before this guy would have been “cheated” out of $1 million. But that’s a tough beat. In Vegas, no less.

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