Till this day I still remember a trip I made to an ex-girlfriend's friend's house when we were all supposed to go to the beach. While everyone was getting ready, I was sitting upstairs with one of her pals, watching The Price Is Right. Don't judge, it was a bit part of our young lives.
One of the contestants was a sweet old lady and for those few minutes my ex's friend and I were sitting there, completely entranced by what was happening on the screen. All we cared about was whether or not this old woman was going to win a prize. And when she did, after hitting back to back amazing rolls on that big wheel and made it to the final rounds we were jumping up and down in the living room, absolutely stoked at this woman's good fortune. It's just something about watching them win.
Now it might have something to do with the fact that I just care about old people and want to see them happy, which is why this clip of a Grandpa blowing his shot at winning $1 million on a special episode of Wheel of Fortune is just so heartbreaking, and brings me back to the enthusiasm I felt on that summer day years ago.
Grandpa Frank was assisted by his granddaughter, Laurel, and needed to successfully guess five letters to solve the ultimate puzzle in ten seconds.
After Frank incorrectly guessed "Fried Zucchini" instead of "Baked Zucchini" longtime host Pat Sajak then revealed that he lost a $1 million cash prize.
The audience's disappointment was palpable and Twitter's heart collectively broke for Grandpa Frank.
Tonight on Wheel of Fortune, Laurel and Frank nearly won $1 Million in the Bonus Round. They guessed “Fried Zucchini” when the answer was “Baked Zucchini...” I feel like my man Frank did when he clasped his chest as Pat Sajak revealed their lost millionaire status opportunity. 😞— Quenton Richards (@QuentonRichards) November 16, 2017
At least Frank and his family were able to bring home $26,000. Sure, it's no life changing million, but it's something.