(CNN) While the rest of America was watching basketball on Friday night, boo-hooing busted brackets, Robert Santoli was cleaning up on “Wheel of Fortune.”
The 23-year-old won $76,000 and not one, but two cruises.
Santoli solved one puzzle after seeing just one letter — D. The answer to the 14-letter, three-word phrase? Port & starboard. Host Pat Sajak sounded legitimately amazed as the audience applauded.
So, how did he do it?
It pays (literally) to do your homework.
Santoli was told ahead of time that his episode would be nautically 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 local online newspaper TAPinto.
And his hard work paid off. Santoli went on to win all but one of the puzzles, according to the interview.