‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant Who Lost a Trip to Nashville on a Technicality Gets a Surprise Gift

Kristen Shaw is being gifted with a trip after a technicality cost her the win.

When the 26-year-old Wheel of Fortune contestant made a guess on a nearly solved board during an episode back in October, she made a critical error costing her a free trip to Nashville, Tenn.

“Right, football, left and Sally,” she said as the buzzer indicated that she was wrong. Her response was considered incorrect because she said “and” while listing off the four correct words, and the mistake cost her $1,950 and a trip to Nashville. (In the game, you can only say exactly the words while answering.)

“It was probably one of the most embarrassing experiences of my life. And I knew that in about a month, almost everyone in America would see it,” she revealed of the episode which went on to go viral.

However, she received a message of support from L.J. Whalen, one of the directors of Adventureworks, a Nashville-based tourism company, who presented her with the gift of plane tickets, hotel accommodations and tickets to the Grand Ole Opry.

“Our hospitality community is so close-knit, and we’d love to show Ms. Shaw and the nation that we’re a lot more than boot stomping and beer drinking. This is what we do here in Nashville. We give second chances, AND we are not going to make you solve a puzzle to claim it,” they said in a statement.

“I was honestly so shocked I was almost speechless. There is a lot of negativity in this world, but this shows me we are all human, we make mistakes, and for someone to want to give me a second chance, it just blew me away,” Kristen said.

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