"We love presenting young people as contestants on our show, and make every effort to be fair and consistent in their treatment," a statement from producers said. "If Jeopardy! were to give credit for an incorrect response (however minor), the show would effectively penalize the other players.
After getting second place, Hurley was still able to take home $2,000.
It's safe to say Hurley will probably be staying away from any televised contests for a long time, the National Spelling Bee included.