Wheel of Fortune contestant solves puzzle with one letter, wins over $90K

Wheel of Fortune contestant Matt DeSantos became the highest winning player ever on the show (Image: King World Productions)

(WTNH) — On Friday’s edition of Wheel of Fortune, a contestant not only broke the record for the largest amount of prize money won on one show, he also solved a puzzle with just one letter as a clue.

Matt DeSanto, an operations manager from Pennsylvania, absolutely cleaned up. He solved every puzzle against his two challengers, won two vacation trips, and $91,892 in prize money.

Longtime host Pat Sajack couldn’t help by chuckle when DeSanto successfully guessed “The Lone Ranger” with nothing but the ‘e’ from the word ‘lone’ showing on the board. Audience members gasped in disbelief, while DeSanto’s fellow contestants also laughed at what had just happened.

“I don’t want to cause trouble at home, but I still [sic] think there’s a connection with you and Vanna,” Sajak said after DeSanto solved the puzzle.

DeSanto easily made it to the bonus round, with his wife Jennifer in the audience cheering him on. His run of amazing puzzle-solving ended when he incorrectly guessed ‘gavel’ instead of ‘wooden gavel’ for the final puzzle.

DeSanto said it was a thrilling, “once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will remember forever.”

Wheel of Fortune airs weeknights at 7:30 p.m. on News 8.

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