Wheel of Fortune contestant who was ‘robbed’ of $40,000 prize money lifts the lid on what REALLY happened in viral on-screen moment – and reveals eight-year-old son’s hilarious reaction

  • Orange County-based competitor Megan Carvale played the bonus round
  • Many viewers online claimed that they ‘definitely heard’ gives the correct answer
  • Megan recently appeared on Good Morning America to set the record straight

The Wheel of Fortune contestant who viewers claimed was ‘robbed’ of a $40,000 win has revealed what really happened.

Megan Carvale, from Orange County, California, played in the show’s bonus round when she was asked to provide a two-word answer for the subject of ‘Living Thing’.

The high school choir director successfully guessed a series of letters missing from the puzzle board until she came across ‘P _ N _’ ‘_ RC_ _ D.’

She then began rhyming off potential answers in vain and missed out on the hefty prize pot despite fans arguing online they had indeed heard her give the correct answer of ‘pink orchid’.

Megan, who ended up walking away with $14,007, has since spoken out Good morning America to finally settle the dispute.

Megan Carvale, from Orange County, California, played in the show's bonus round when she was asked to provide a two-word answer for the subject of 'Living Thing'

Megan Carvale, from Orange County, California, played in the show’s bonus round when she was asked to provide a two-word answer for the subject of ‘Living Thing’

The high school choir director successfully guessed a string of letters missing from the puzzle board until she was left with 'P _ N _' '_ RC_ _ D' - but missed out on the hefty prize pot

The high school choir director successfully guessed a string of letters missing from the puzzle board until she was left with ‘P _ N _’ ‘_ RC_ _ D’ – but missed out on the hefty prize pot

Megan was questioned on air about the situation by hosts Robin Roberts (63), George Stephanopoulos (62) and Michael Strahan (52).

She explained: “You know, I wish I had said ‘pink’ because I would have been $40,000 richer – but I said ‘something.’

Speaking about being thrust into the spotlight, the contestant said: ‘MeIt’s funny because I was so excited to be a part of it when I went on the show, and I was so bummed that I lost the bonus round.

“Even just looking back on it, I’m like, ‘okay, just gotta get through it – watch it once.’

‘And then I woke up yesterday – it’s all over the headlines and everyone’s talking about the bonus round and I’m reliving this loss.

‘But at least his positive attention. It could have been people making fun of me for not making it.’

The hosts praised Megan for being so honest about her loss before candidly revealing that her eight-year-old son was in the audience.

She said “all the way home” – which is more than an hour’s drive from the studio – he mourned the loss.

Megan nevertheless concluded that she 'had a blast' during the appearance which sent social media into a frenzy

Megan nevertheless concluded that she ‘had a blast’ during the appearance which sent social media into a frenzy

After the controversial round, dozens of inundated viewers rushed to share their thoughts as one person posted: 'What did she say?  That sure sounded like the right answer'

After the controversial round, dozens of inundated viewers rushed to share their thoughts as one person posted: ‘What did she say? That sure sounded like the right answer’

“My son said, “Mom, I can’t believe you haven’t turned pink. I can’t believe you haven’t turned pink.”

“That word has been haunting me and now all of America believes I said it, but I didn’t.”

Nevertheless, Megan concluded that she “had a blast” during the appearance that sent social media into a frenzy.

After the controversial round, dozens of inundated viewers rushed to share their thoughts as one person posted: ‘What did she say? That probably sounded like the right answer.’

Another said: ‘Did I snitch or did she say pink orchid?’

A third determined fan added: ‘She said it. We back it up three times. I hope they fix it.’

Another said: ‘Hey Wheel of Fortune, I definitely heard the contestant say ‘pink orchid’ at the start of that last puzzle and turned it back to make sure. You owe her some $$.’