An eighth-grader who seemingly lost on an episode of Jeopardy! claims he was cheated out of the top prize. Thomas Hurley III from Connecticut bet $3,000 of his $9,600 in winnings on the 'Final Jeopardy' question about the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

According to The News-Times of Danbury, Hurley correctly answered the question but spelled 'emancipation' as 'emanciptation'.

"I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final Jeopardy! question, "said Hurley, "It was just a spelling error." The middle school student won $2,000 as the runner-up.

In an emailed statement to the Hollywood Reporter, producers said, "If Jeopardy! were to give credit for an incorrect response (however minor), the show would effectively penalize the other players.

We love presenting young people as contestants on our show and make every effort to be fair and consistent in their treatment."

Hurley's mother Suzanne said her son was "stunned" by the loss, "He felt embarrassed.It was hard to watch."

Watch Thomas Hurley III losing Jeopardy! despite a corrrect answer:

The Kids Jeopardy! program was filmed in February and broadcast last week. 

"Bad form, Jeopardy," said one comment on the show's Facebook page, "Every game show has bad calls ... this takes the cake."

Did you think Thomas Hurley III was cheated out of the top prize on Jeopardy! or was Alex Trebek simply doing his job?

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