Wheel of Fortune Contestant Fails to Solve Puzzle Even With All the Letters Revealed—Watch!

Mispronunciation of a word leads player Julian Batts to lose his chance to play for $1 million

By Peter Gicas Apr 14, 2014 4:11 PMTags

A Wheel of Fortune contestant apparently found his Achilles' heel. Namely, the pronunciation of "Achilles."

Julian Batts was participating in the popular game show's College Week last Friday, when he lost his chance to play for $1 million in a big way.

After successfully managing to get all the letters of a puzzle turned over, Batts wound up losing the round because he failed to pronounce all the words correctly on the board.

The answer was "Mythological Hero Achilles," but the Indiana University freshman incorrectly pronounced "Achilles" as "A-chill-us."


As a result, the next contestant was subsequently given a chance to solve the puzzle, which she did.

Making matters worse, Batts also dropped the ball on two other puzzles that he essentially had in the bag.

But despite the blunders, the guy still managed to make it to the bonus round.

"I don't think anyone's ever taken a more circuitous route to victory, but the important thing is you're here!" host Pat Sajak joked.