‘Wheel of Fortune’ Guest Baffles Host and Audience With Letter Choices

May 31, 2019 Updated: May 31, 2019

A “Wheel of Fortune” guest is trending once again after her appearance on the show.

Nura Fountano, a military veteran, appeared on the show during Veteran’s Week for members of the military.

She lost the last round, even though she had the most money of the three contestants. Then she began to make odd letter choices, including “Z.”

“Say that again for me? Did you say ‘Z’?!” Host Pat Sajack asked her.

“As in Zulu. Z,” she said. She also chose “X”, and several times she didn’t even pick a letter before she lost the round.

It was clear that “Z” and “X” didn’t belong in the puzzle.

The cash was awarded to fellow contestant and veteran Steve, who had $6,400 by the end, compared to Fountano’s $13,970.

“May I ask you a question? You called some unusual letters that round,” Sajack told her. She told him that that was “what she saw.”

Some people speculated that Fountano intentionally chose bad letters to put Steve up to $6,400. Some believed that she was trying to help out a fellow veteran.

Fountano lost the round, but she still won the show. Before she started making the strange letter choices, she had been performing quite well.

Contestant Solves ‘Wheel’ With 1 Letter

Robert Santoli’s overwhelming victory on an episode of “Wheel of Fortune” wasn’t just a fluke.

Santoli guessed the opening round toss-up with only one letter and an ampersand and dominated the rest of the game with similar mastery.

But it wasn’t by accident.

Santoli, 23, has been trying to get on the show for about five years and it took him seven auditions to finally get accepted, according to an extensive interview with Tapinto.net.

He knew that the episode was sponsored by a cruise company and that some of the puzzles will be maritime-themed.

“The instant I got my theme, I immediately came up with an ever-growing list of puzzles themed towards cruises, sailing, fish, boats—anything on or in the water,” Santoli told Tapinto.

“There are websites that keep track of past ‘Wheel of Fortune’ puzzles, so I did some research on previous weeks themed toward these things and wrote them down. The show does sometimes repeat puzzles, especially themed ones. ‘Port & Starboard’ had been used at least twice before my show, both times as a Toss-Up puzzle.”

Santoli won over $76,000 in cash and prizes.